Word of the DayWednesday, February 11, 2009
a large, often scholarly, book
An unabridged dictionary is a tome.
by 1519, from Middle French tome, from Latin tomus "section of a book, tome," from Greek tomos "volume, section of a book," originally "section, piece cut off," from temein "to cut," from Proto Indo-European *tom-/*tem- "to cut." Originally "a single volume of a multi-volume work;" sense of "a large book" is attested from 1573.
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