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Apr 16, 2015
This week’s theme
Words related to books

This week’s words
colophon
recto
bibliogony
codex
opisthograph

Codex Sancti Paschalis
Codex Sancti Paschalis

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with Anu Garg

codex

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOH-deks)

MEANING:
noun: A manuscript volume (as opposed to a scroll), especially of an ancient text.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin codex (tree trunk, wood block, book). Earliest documented use: 1581.

USAGE:
“The most legendary is the Voynich manuscript (a handwritten codex carbon-dated to the 15th century and thought to have originated in Central Europe), which cryptographers have still yet to solve.”
David Kushner; The Web’s Deepest Mystery; Rolling Stone (New York); Jan 29, 2015.

See more usage examples of codex in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (16 Apr 1844-1924)

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