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plural noun
  1. collected passages, especially as arranged in a miscellany or anthology.
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Origin of collectanea

1785–95; < Latin, neuter plural of collēctāneus gathered together, equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -āneus adj. suffix
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pl n
  1. a collection of excerpts from one or more authors; miscellany; anthology
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin, from collectāneus assembled, from colligere to collect 1
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