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codices

[koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] /ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-/
noun
1.
plural of codex.

codex

[koh-deks] /ˈkoʊ dɛks/
noun, plural codices
[koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] /ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
2.
a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
3.
Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code
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Examples for codices
  • They wrote on books of handmade paper called codices.
  • Graffiti is the only constant on these fantastic journeys, random codices, part sign and part language.
  • In volumes of often colorful codices, key cultural and natural events in their lives were recalled and redrawn.
British Dictionary definitions for codices

codices

/ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz; ˈkɒdɪ-/
noun
1.
the plural of codex

codex

/ˈkəʊdɛks/
noun (pl) codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz; ˈkɒdɪ-)
1.
a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
2.
(obsolete) a legal code
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book
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Word Origin and History for codices

codex

n.

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

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