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pericope

[puh-rik-uh-pee] /pəˈrɪk əˌpi/
noun, plural pericopes, pericopae
[puh-rik-uh-pee] /pəˈrɪk əˌpi/ (Show IPA)
1.
a selection or extract from a book.
2.
lection (def 2).
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin pericopē section < Greek perikopḗ a cutting, equivalent to peri- peri- + kopḗ a cutting
Related forms
pericopal, pericopic
[per-i-kop-ik] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pericope

pericope

/pəˈrɪkəpɪ/
noun
1.
a selection from a book, esp a passage from the Bible read at religious services
Derived Forms
pericopic (ˌpɛrɪˈkɒpɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek perikopē piece cut out, from peri- + kopē a cutting
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Word Origin and History for pericope
n.

1650s, from Late Latin pericope "section of a book," from Greek perikope "a section" of a book, literally "a cutting all round," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + kope "a cutting" (see hatchet).

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