- a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
- a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
- Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
Origin of codex
1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code
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Examples from the Web for codex
The codex worked a revolution in human communication, and the human understanding of the text was never the same.
Absent the codex, ideas would still be the province of a privileged priesthood.
The other codex according to Torinus, was found in Transsylvania by Io.
Phillipps, 275, in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, a codex ca.
They possess emollient qualities and are official in the codex.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
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B is the Vatican codex of about the middle of the fourth century.
Codex, only, has the (seeming) note, An Arab calls it k (or kw).The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
- a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
- obsolete a legal code
C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book
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Word Origin and History for codex
"manuscript volume (especially an ancient one)," 1845, from Latin codex (see code (n.)).
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