disjecta membra

[ dis-jek-tuh mem-bruh ]
/ dɪsˈdʒɛk tə ˈmɛm brə /

plural noun

scattered members; disjointed portions or parts: applied to fragments of poetry or fragmentary quotations.

Origin of disjecta membra

< Latin, alteration of disjectī membra poētae limbs of a dismembered poet, a phrase in Horace
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British Dictionary definitions for disjecta membra

disjecta membra

/ Latin (dɪsˈdʒɛktə ˈmɛmbrə) /

pl n

scattered fragments, esp parts taken from a writing or writings
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Word Origin and History for disjecta membra

disjecta membra


"scattered remains" (especially literary), from Horace's Latin phrase disjecti membra poetae "limbs of a dismembered poet."

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