[koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-]
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noun, plural co·di·ces [koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] /ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-/.
  1. a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
  2. a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
  3. Archaic. a code; book of statutes.

Origin of codex

1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the plural of codex


noun plural codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz, ˈkɒdɪ-)
  1. a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
  2. obsolete a legal code

Word Origin for codex

C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book
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Word Origin and History for codices



"manuscript volume (especially an ancient one)," 1845, from Latin codex (see code (n.)).

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