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[flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh m, flohr-] /ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi əm, ˌfloʊr-/
noun, plural florilegia
[flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh, flohr-] /ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi ə, ˌfloʊr-/ (Show IPA)
a collection of literary pieces; anthology.
Origin of florilegium
1640-50; < New Latin flōrilegium, equivalent to Latin flōri- flori- + leg(ere) to gather + -ium -ium, on the model of spīcilegium gleaning; a calque of Greek anthología anthology Unabridged
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  • Look through the dictionary, and cull out a florilegium, rival the tulippomania.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • florilegium Portense, a work containing 115 cantiones selectissimas of from four to eight voices, with figured bass for organ.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Though the Anthologia and the florilegium are lavishly quoted, no references are given save the bare names.

  • Are the Anthologia and the florilegium quoted in any works previous to Forster's time?

British Dictionary definitions for florilegium


noun (pl) -gia (-dʒɪə)
(formerly) a lavishly illustrated book on flowers
(rare) an anthology
Word Origin
C17: Modern Latin, from Latin florilegus flower-collecting, from flōs flower + legere to collect
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