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colophon

[kol-uh-fon, -fuh n] /ˈkɒl əˌfɒn, -fən/
noun
1.
a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
2.
an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication.
Origin of colophon
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch
Related forms
colophonic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for colophonic

colophon

/ˈkɒləˌfɒn; -fən/
noun
1.
a publisher's emblem on a book
2.
(formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke
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Word Origin and History for colophonic

colophon

n.

1774, "publisher's inscription at the end of a book," from Latin colophon, from Greek kolophon "summit, final touch" (see hill).

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