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A.Word.A.Day--variorum

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variorum (var-ee-OR-um) adjective

1. Containing various versions (from manuscripts, earlier editions, etc.) of a text.

2. Containing notes and commentaries by various editors and commentators.

noun

Such a book.

[From Latin editio cum notis variorum (edition with notes of various [authors/sources]).]

See more usage examples of variorum in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"A variorum edition would also show us how these elegiac poems, purportedly written on the anniversaries of the birthday of [Ted] Hughes's first wife, Sylvia Plath, were constructed." John Kinsella; Beguiled by the Wild; The Observer (London, UK); Nov 2, 2003.

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