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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. an edition of a book, especially the Old Testament, containing six versions or texts in parallel columns, especially the edition compiled by Origen.
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Origin of hexapla

1600–10; < Greek Hexaplâ (title of Origen's edition), neuter plural of hexaploûs, hexaplóos sixfold, equivalent to hexa- hexa- + -ploûs, -ploos -fold
Related formshex·a·plar, hex·a·plar·ic [hek-suh-plar-ik] /ˌhɛk səˈplær ɪk/, hex·a·plar·i·an [hek-suh-plair-ee-uh n] /ˌhɛk səˈplɛər i ən/, adjectivepost·hex·a·plar, adjective
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  1. an edition of the Old Testament compiled by Origen, containing six versions of the text
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Derived Formshexaplar, hexaplaric (ˌhɛksəˈplærɪk) or hexaplarian (ˌhɛksəˈplɛərɪən), adjective

Word Origin for hexapla

C17: from Greek hexaploos sixfold
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