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[an-l-ekts] /ˈæn lˌɛkts/
plural noun
selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
Also, analecta
[an-l-ek-tuh] /ˌæn lˈɛk tə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of analects
1615-25; < Latin analecta < Greek análekta, neuter plural of análektos (verbal adjective of analégein to pick up, gather up), equivalent to ana- ana- + -lek- gather (variant of -leg-) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
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analectic, adjective Unabridged
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plural noun
selected literary passages from one or more works
Derived Forms
analectic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather
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Word Origin and History for analecta



1650s, "literary gleanings," from Latinized form of Greek analekta, literally "things chosen," neuter plural of analektos "select, choice," verbal adjective of analegein "to gather up, collect," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + legein "to gather," also "to choose words," hence "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).

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