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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.
  2. lection(def 2).
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Origin of pericope

1650–60; < Late Latin pericopē section < Greek perikopḗ a cutting, equivalent to peri- peri- + kopḗ a cutting
Related formspe·ric·o·pal, per·i·cop·ic [per-i-kop-ik] /ˌpɛr ɪˈkɒp ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for pericope

selection, fragment, passage, portion, piece, extract, quotation, saying, notation, quote, section, note, part, pericope

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British Dictionary definitions for pericope


  1. a selection from a book, esp a passage from the Bible read at religious services
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Derived Formspericopic (ˌpɛrɪˈkɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pericope

C17: via Late Latin from Greek perikopē piece cut out, from peri- + kopē a cutting
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Word Origin and History for pericope


1650s, from Late Latin pericope "section of a book," from Greek perikope "a section" of a book, literally "a cutting all round," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + kope "a cutting" (see hatchet).

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