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disjecta membra

[dis-jek-tuh mem-bruh]
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plural noun
  1. scattered members; disjointed portions or parts: applied to fragments of poetry or fragmentary quotations.

Origin of disjecta membra

< Latin, alteration of disjectī membra poētae limbs of a dismembered poet, a phrase in Horace
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British Dictionary definitions for disjecta membra

disjecta membra

pl n
  1. scattered fragments, esp parts taken from a writing or writings
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Word Origin and History for disjecta membra

n.

"scattered remains" (especially literary), from Horace's Latin phrase disjecti membra poetae "limbs of a dismembered poet."

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