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tome

[ tohm ]
/ toʊm /
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noun
a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
a volume forming a part of a larger work.
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Origin of tome

First recorded in 1510–20; from French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tómos “slice, piece, roll of paper, book,” akin to témnein “to cut”

Other definitions for tome (2 of 2)

-tome

a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.
Compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy.

Origin of -tome

Combining form representing Greek tomḗ a cutting; tómos a cut, slice; -tomon (neuter), -tomos (masculine) -cutting (adj.)
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British Dictionary definitions for tome (1 of 2)

tome
/ (təʊm) /

noun
a large weighty book
one of the several volumes of a work

Word Origin for tome

C16: from French, from Latin tomus section of larger work, from Greek tomos a slice, from temnein to cut; related to Latin tondēre to shear

British Dictionary definitions for tome (2 of 2)

-tome

n combining form
indicating an instrument for cuttingosteotome

Word Origin for -tome

from Greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut
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