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scholiast

[skoh-lee-ast] /ˈskoʊ liˌæst/
noun
1.
an ancient commentator on the classics.
2.
a person who writes scholia.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Greek scholiastḗs. See scholium, -ist
Related forms
scholiastic, adjective
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scholiast

/ˈskəʊlɪˌæst/
noun
1.
a medieval annotator, esp of classical texts
Derived Forms
scholiastic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein to write a scholium
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Word Origin and History for scholiast
n.

"one who writes explanatory notes upon a classical writer," 1580s, from Late Latin scholiasta, from Late Greek skholiastes, from skholiazein, from skholion "explanatory note or comment," from skhole (see school (n.1)). Related: Scholiastic.

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