[flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh m, flohr-]
noun, plural flo·ri·le·gi·a [flawr-uh-lee-jee-uh, flohr-] /ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi ə, ˌfloʊr-/.
  1. a collection of literary pieces; anthology.

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

Historical Examples of florilegium

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


    William Hazlitt

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


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • Though the Anthologia and the Florilegium are lavishly quoted, no references are given save the bare names.

  • Are the Anthologia and the Florilegium quoted in any works previous to Forster's time?

British Dictionary definitions for florilegium


noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)
  1. (formerly) a lavishly illustrated book on flowers
  2. 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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