- a chain or connected series, especially of extracts from the writings of the fathers of the Christian church.
Origin of catena
First recorded in 1635–45, catena is from the Latin word catēna a chain
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Examples from the Web for catena
Allow me to add a couple of links to your catena on Bishop Burnet.
What wonder is it, that Catherine should have a chain,—catena?A Decade of Italian Women, vol. I (of 2)
T. Adolphus Trollope
The name of Catena has been proposed, but is now no longer seriously supported.Giorgione
Catena borrows right and left, and tries to follow every new indication of contemporary taste.
As Catena often brings in a little white lap-dog, so Bonifazio constantly has as an accessory a liver-and-white spaniel.
- a connected series, esp of patristic comments on the Bible
C17: from Latin: chain
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