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variorum

[vair-ee-awr-uh m, -ohr-] /ˌvɛər iˈɔr əm, -ˈoʊr-/
adjective
1.
containing different versions of the text by various editors:
a variorum edition of Shakespeare.
2.
containing many notes and commentaries by a number of scholars or critics:
a variorum text of Cicero.
noun
3.
a variorum edition or text.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; short for Latin ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various persons
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British Dictionary definitions for variorum

variorum

/ˌvɛərɪˈɔːrəm/
adjective
1.
containing notes by various scholars or critics or various versions of the text: a variorum edition
noun
2.
an edition or text of this kind
Word Origin
C18: from Latin phrase ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various commentators
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Word Origin and History for variorum
n.

1728, Latin, genitive masculine plural of varius (see vary), in phrase editio cum notis variorum "an edition (especially of the complete works of a classical author) with notes of various commentators or editors." Use with reference to an edition of an author's works containing variant readings (1955) is "deplored by some scholars" [OED].

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