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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scattered fragments, esp parts taken from a writing or writings
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"scattered remains" (especially literary), from Horace's Latin phrase disjecti membra poetae "limbs of a dismembered poet."
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