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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Definitions for anopisthograph

  1. Manuscript, parchment, or book having writing on only one side of the leaves.

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Citations for anopisthograph
But it never comes to this, the events always end up on the public side of the anopisthograph. Kerry Shawn Keys, A Gathering of Smoke
If text was written on one side only, then the roll was known as an anopisthograph; if on both sides, then as an opisthograph. Roy Stokes, edited by R. Stephen Almagno, Esdaile's Manual of Bibliography
Origin of anopisthograph
Anopisthograph comes from three Greek roots. It first gained popularity in the 1870s, merging an-, meaning 'un-' or 'not,' with opistho for 'back' referring to writing on both sides of a leaf or page, and 'graph' from -graphos, meaning 'drawn' or 'written.'
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