octavo

[ ok-tey-voh, -tah- ]
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noun,plural oc·ta·vos for 2.
  1. a book size of about 6 × 9 inches (16 × 23 centimeters), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 8 leaves or 16 pages. Symbols: 8vo, 8°

  2. a book of this size.

adjective
  1. in octavo.

Origin of octavo

1
First recorded in 1575–85; short for New Latin in octāvō “in an eighth (of a sheet)”

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octavo

/ (ɒkˈteɪvəʊ) /


nounplural -vos
  1. Also called: eightvo a book size resulting from folding a sheet of paper of a specified size to form eight leaves: demi-octavo Often written: 8vo,

  2. a book of this size

  1. (formerly) a size of cut paper 8 inches by 5 inches (20.3 cm by 12.7 cm)

Origin of octavo

1
C16: from New Latin phrase in octavo in an eighth (of a whole sheet)

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