[koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-]
plural of codex. Unabridged


noun, plural codices [koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] .
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.

1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code Unabridged
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codex (ˈkəʊdɛks)
n , pl codices
1.  a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
2.  obsolete a legal code
[C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book]

codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz, ˈkɒdɪ-)
the plural of codex

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"manuscript volume (especially an ancient one)," 1845, see code.
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Example sentences
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.
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