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[skoh-lee-uh m]
noun, plural scho·li·a [skoh-lee-uh] /ˈskoʊ li ə/.
  1. Often scholia.
    1. an explanatory note or comment.
    2. an ancient annotation upon a passage in a Greek or Latin text.
  2. a note added to illustrate or amplify, as in a mathematical work.
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Origin of scholium

1525–35; < Medieval Latin < Greek schólion, equivalent to schol(ḗ) school1 + -ion diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for scholium

Historical Examples

  • An illustration, like a funny story, loses its pungency if it requires a scholium.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The same thing is related (in a well-known 'scholium') to have been done by Apolinarius and Theodore of Mopsuestia.

  • Scholium, a marginal note explanatory of the text of a classic author.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Occasionally a scholium of this kind gives the substance of one of the longer extracts; but as a rule they are distinct.

British Dictionary definitions for scholium


noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
  1. a commentary or annotation, esp on a classical text
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Word Origin

C16: from New Latin, from Greek skholion exposition, from skholē school 1
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