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noun, plural ca·te·nae [kuh-tee-nee] /kəˈti ni/,
  1. a chain or connected series, especially of extracts from the writings of the fathers of the Christian church.
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Origin of catena

First recorded in 1635–45, catena is from the Latin word catēna a chain
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Historical Examples

  • Allow me to add a couple of links to your catena on Bishop Burnet.

    Notes and Queries, Number 168, January 15, 1853


  • What wonder is it, that Catherine should have a chain,—catena?

  • The name of Catena has been proposed, but is now no longer seriously supported.


    Herbert Cook

  • Catena borrows right and left, and tries to follow every new indication of contemporary taste.

    The Venetian School of Painting

    Evelyn March Phillipps

  • As Catena often brings in a little white lap-dog, so Bonifazio constantly has as an accessory a liver-and-white spaniel.

    The Venetian School of Painting

    Evelyn March Phillipps

British Dictionary definitions for catena


noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. a connected series, esp of patristic comments on the Bible
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: chain
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