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chrestomathy (kres-TOM-uh-thee) noun
1. A volume of selected literary passages, usually by one author.
2. A selection of literary passages from a foreign language, especially one assembled for studying a language.
[From Greek chrestomatheia, from chrestos (useful) + manthanein (to learn) These two parts of the word ultimately derive from Indo-European gher- (to like or want) which gave us yearn, charisma, greedy, exhort; and mendh- (to learn) that resulted in the terms mathematics and polymath.]
An example: A Mencken Chrestomathy.
"'Emerson In His Journals' is more than a mere chrestomathy from the
diaries, journals and notebooks. It is indeed a superbly edited
This week's theme: Words about books
Shadow owes its birth to light. -John Gay, poet and dramatist (1685-1732)