codex

[ koh-deks ]
/ ˈkoʊ dɛks /

noun, plural co·di·ces [koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] /ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-/.

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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codex
/ (ˈkəʊdɛks) /

noun plural codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz, ˈkɒdɪ-)

a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
obsolete a legal code

Word Origin for codex

C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book
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