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opus (OH-pus) noun, plural opera (OH-puhr-a, OP-uhr-a) or opuses

A musical or literary composition.

[From Latin opus (work).]

So what do we call a minor novel or a symphony? The diminutive form of the word opus is opuscule. And a great work is a magnum opus. But let's remember, an octopus is not a collection of eight opera. -Anu

"Silva includes a suite from another Waxman horror opus, The Invisible Ray, that is good enough to make us want more." Mark Koldys, Overview: Film Music, American Record Guide, Mar 1, 1998.

This week's theme: words with irregular plurals.

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