[ puh-rik-uh-pee ]
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noun,plural pe·ric·o·pes, pe·ric·o·pae [puh-rik-uh-pee]. /pəˈrɪk əˌpi/.
  1. a selection or extract from a book.

Origin of pericope

1650–60; <Late Latin pericopē section <Greek perikopḗ a cutting, equivalent to peri-peri- + kopḗ a cutting

Other words from pericope

  • pe·ric·o·pal, per·i·cop·ic [per-i-kop-ik], /ˌpɛr ɪˈkɒp ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pericope


/ (pəˈrɪkəpɪ) /

  1. a selection from a book, esp a passage from the Bible read at religious services

Origin of pericope

C17: via Late Latin from Greek perikopē piece cut out, from peri- + kopē a cutting

Derived forms of pericope

  • pericopic (ˌpɛrɪˈkɒpɪk), adjective

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