tractate

[ trak-teyt ]
/ ˈtræk teɪt /

noun

a treatise; essay.

Origin of tractate

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tractātus, Latin: handling, treatment, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, treat (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -tus suffix of v. action
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tractate

/ (ˈtrækteɪt) /

noun

a short tract; treatise
Judaism one of the volumes of the Talmud

Word Origin for tractate

C15: from Latin tractātus, from tractāre to handle; see tractable
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