[ ek-skur-suhs ]
/ ɛkˈskɜr səs /
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noun, plural ex·cur·sus·es, ex·cur·sus.

a detailed discussion of some point in a book, especially one added as an appendix.
a digression or incidental excursion, as in a narrative.



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Origin of excursus

1795–1805; <Latin: a running out, sally, digression, derivative of excurrere to run out. See ex-1, course
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/ (ɛkˈskɜːsəs) /

noun plural -suses or -sus

an incidental digression from the main topic under discussion or from the main story in a narrative

Word Origin for excursus

C19: from Latin: a running forth, from excurrere to run out
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