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[koh-deks] /ˈkoʊ dɛks/
noun, plural codices
[koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] /ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-/ (Show IPA)
a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
Origin of codex
1575-85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code Unabridged
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  • But they don't really fit the definition of a codex.
  • And as the devices have quickly accrued some of the same prestige as the old codex menus.
  • The codex in turn became the printed book, for which the term is not used.
  • The codex was an improvement over the scroll in several ways.
British Dictionary definitions for codex


noun (pl) codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz; ˈkɒdɪ-)
a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
(obsolete) a legal code
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book
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Word Origin and History for codex

"manuscript volume (especially an ancient one)," 1845, from Latin codex (see code (n.)).

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