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disjecta membra

[dis-jek-tuh mem-bruh] /dɪsˈdʒɛk tə ˈmɛm brə/
scattered members; disjointed portions or parts: applied to fragments of poetry or fragmentary quotations.
< Latin, alteration of disjectī membra poētae limbs of a dismembered poet, a phrase in Horace Unabridged
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disjecta membra

/dɪsˈdʒɛktə ˈmɛmbrə/
plural noun
scattered fragments, esp parts taken from a writing or writings
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disjecta membra


"scattered remains" (especially literary), from Horace's Latin phrase disjecti membra poetae "limbs of a dismembered poet."

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