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Monday, April 04, 2005

Definitions for amanuensis

  1. A person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.

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Citations for amanuensis
The chore of actually writing the words in the end fell to a hand-picked amanuensis. Austin Baer, Atlantic
On this blue day, I want to be
nothing more than an amanuensis
to the birds, transcribing all the bits
and snatches of song riding in on the wind.
Barbara Crooker, Midwest Quarterly
Origin of amanuensis
Amanuensis comes from Latin, from the phrase (servus) a manu, "slave with handwriting duties," from a, ab, "by" + manu, from manus, "hand."