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[vur-soh] /ˈvɜr soʊ/
noun, plural versos. Printing.
a left-hand page of an open book or manuscript (opposed to recto).
Origin of verso
1830-40; short for Latin in versō foliō on the turned leaf

folio verso

[foh-lee-oh wer-soh; English foh-lee-oh vur-soh] /ˈfoʊ liˌoʊ ˈwɛr soʊ; English ˈfoʊ liˌoʊ ˈvɜr soʊ/
noun, Latin.
the back of the page.

pollice verso

[pohl-li-ke wer-soh; English pol-uh-see vur-soh] /ˈpoʊl lɪˌkɛ ˈwɛr soʊ; English ˈpɒl ə si ˈvɜr soʊ/
adverb, Latin.
with thumbs turned downward: the sign made by spectators calling for the death of a defeated gladiator in the ancient Roman circus. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -sos
  1. the back of a sheet of printed paper
  2. Also called reverso. the left-hand pages of a book, bearing the even numbers Compare recto
the side of a coin opposite to the obverse; reverse
Word Origin
C19: from the New Latin phrase versō foliō the leaf having been turned, from Latin vertere to turn + folium a leaf
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Word Origin and History for verso

1839, from Latin verso (folio), ablative singular neuter of versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus).

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