florilegium

[ flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh m, flohr- ]
/ ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi əm, ˌfloʊr- /
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noun, plural flo·ri·le·gi·a [flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh, flohr-] /ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi ə, ˌfloʊr-/.

a collection of literary pieces; anthology.

Nearby words

  1. floridity,
  2. floridly,
  3. floriferous,
  4. floriferously,
  5. florigen,
  6. florin,
  7. florio,
  8. florio, john,
  9. florissant,
  10. florist

Origin of florilegium

1640–50; < New Latin flōrilegium, equivalent to Latin flōri- flori- + leg(ere) to gather + -ium -ium, on the model of spīcilegium gleaning; a calque of Greek anthología anthology

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Examples from the Web for florilegium

  • Florilegium Portense, a work containing 115 cantiones selectissimas of from four to eight voices, with figured bass for organ.

    Bach|Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Though the Anthologia and the Florilegium are lavishly quoted, no references are given save the bare names.

  • Look through the dictionary, and cull out a florilegium, rival the tulippomania.

    Table-Talk|William Hazlitt
  • Are the Anthologia and the Florilegium quoted in any works previous to Forster's time?



British Dictionary definitions for florilegium

florilegium

/ (ˌflɔːrɪˈliːdʒɪəm) /

noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)

(formerly) a lavishly illustrated book on flowers
rare an anthology

Word Origin for florilegium

C17: Modern Latin, from Latin florilegus flower-collecting, from flōs flower + legere to collect

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