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viva voce

[vahy-vuh voh-see, vee-vuh] /ˈvaɪ və ˈvoʊ si, ˈvi və/
by word of mouth; orally.
Also, viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.
Origin of viva voce
1555-65; < Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx
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viva-voce, adjective Unabridged
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viva voce

/ˈvaɪvə ˈvəʊtʃɪ/
adverb, adjective
by word of mouth
noun, verb
the full form of viva2
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice
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Word Origin and History for viva voce

also viva-voce, "by word of mouth," 1580s, Latin, literally "living-voice," ablative of viva vox.

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