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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Definitions for florilegium

  1. a collection of literary pieces; anthology.

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Citations for florilegium
… Brichot who was not merely kind to Morel, but would cull from the Greek philosophers, the Latin poets, the oriental storytellers, appropriate texts which decorated the Baron's propensity with a strange and charming florilegium. Marcel Proust, translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff & Terence Kilmartin, The Captive, 1992
Printing also encouraged a trend toward ever larger reference books as each edition tried to lure more buyers by offering something of interest to everyone, or at least everyone who could read Latin. One of these was the “florilegium,” a book gathering memorable quotations (or “flowers”) from respected authorities of many kinds — religious writers, philosophers, poets, and orators. Ann Blair, "Information overload, the early years," Boston Globe, November 28, 2010
Origin of florilegium
Florilegium can be traced to the Latin terms flōs meaning "flower" and legere meaning "to gather." Historically, it has been used to refer to both collections of literal flowers and figurative flowers in the sense of notable literary extracts. It entered English in the mid-1600s.