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locus classicus

[loh-koo s klahs-si-koo s; English loh-kuh s klas-i-kuh s] /ˈloʊ kʊs ˈklɑs sɪˌkʊs; English ˈloʊ kəs ˈklæs ɪ kəs/
noun, plural loci classici
[loh-kee klahs-si-kee; English loh-sahy klas-uh-sahy, loh-kahy klas-i-kahy] /ˈloʊ ki ˈklɑs sɪˌki; English ˈloʊ saɪ ˈklæs əˌsaɪ, ˈloʊ kaɪ ˈklæs ɪˌkaɪ/ (Show IPA).
classical source: a passage commonly cited to illustrate or explain a subject or word. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for locus-classicus

locus classicus

noun (pl) loci classici (ˈklæsɪˌsaɪ)
an authoritative and often quoted passage from a standard work
Word Origin
Latin: classical place
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