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locus classicus

[loh-koo s klahs-si-koo s; English loh-kuh s klas-i-kuh s]
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noun, plural lo·ci clas·si·ci [loh-kee klahs-si-kee; English loh-sahy klas-uh-sahy, loh-kahy klas-i-kahy] /ˈloʊ ki ˈklɑs sɪˌki; English ˈloʊ saɪ ˈklæs əˌsaɪ, ˈloʊ kaɪ ˈklæs ɪˌkaɪ/. Latin.
  1. classical source: a passage commonly cited to illustrate or explain a subject or word.
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British Dictionary definitions for locus classicus

locus classicus

noun plural loci classici (ˈklæsɪˌsaɪ)
  1. an authoritative and often quoted passage from a standard work
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Word Origin

Latin: classical place
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