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[ek-skur-suh s]
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noun, plural ex·cur·sus·es, ex·cur·sus.
  1. a detailed discussion of some point in a book, especially one added as an appendix.
  2. 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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Related Words for excursus

deviation, divergence, departure, aside, divergency, tangent, divagation, detour

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noun plural -suses or -sus
  1. an incidental digression from the main topic under discussion or from the main story in a narrative
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Word Origin for excursus

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