enchiridia

enchiridion

[en-kahy-rid-ee-uhn, -ki-]
noun, plural enchiridions, enchiridia [en-kahy-rid-ee-uh, -ki-] .
a handbook; manual.

Origin:
1535–45; < Late Latin < Greek encheirídion handbook, equivalent to en- en-2 + cheír hand + -idion diminutive suffix

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enchiridion (ˌɛnkaɪˈrɪdɪən)
 
n , pl -ions, -ia
rare a handbook or manual
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, from en-² + kheir hand]

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enchiridion
1540s, "a handbook," from L.L., from Gk. enkheiridion, neut. of enkheiridios "that which is held in the hand," from en- "in" + kheir "hand" + -idion dim. suffix.
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