[ kuh-tee-nuh ]
/ kəˈti nə /

noun, plural ca·te·nae [kuh-tee-nee] /kəˈti ni/,

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catena


/ (kəˈtiːnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

a connected series, esp of patristic comments on the Bible

Word Origin for catena

C17: from Latin: chain
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