opuses

opus

[oh-puhs]
noun, plural opuses or especially for 1, 2, opera [oh-per-uh, op-er-uh] .
1.
a musical composition.
2.
one of the compositions of a composer, usually numbered according to the order of publication.
3.
a literary work or composition, as a book: Have you read her latest opus? Abbreviation: op.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Latin: work, labor, a work

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opus (ˈəʊpəs, ˈɔp-)
 
n , pl opuses, opera
1.  an artistic composition, esp a musical work
2.  (often capital) (usually followed by a number) a musical composition by a particular composer, generally catalogued in order of publication: Beethoven's opus 61 is his violin concerto
 
[C18: from Latin: a work; compare Sanskrit apas work]

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opus
1809, "a work, composition," esp. a musical one," from L. opus "a work, labor, exertion" (cf. It. opera, Fr. oeuvre, Sp. obra), from PIE base *op- (Gmc. *ob-) "to work, produce in abundance," originally of agriculture later extended to religious acts (cf. Skt. apas- "work, religious act;" Avestan hvapah-
"good deed;" O.H.G. uoben "to start work, to practice, to honor;" Ger. üben "to exercise, practice;" Du. oefenen, O.N. æfa, Dan. øve "to exercise, practice;" O.E. æfnan "to perform, work, do," afol "power"). The plural, seldom used, is opera.
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