analecta


plural noun

  1. selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.

pl n

  1. selected literary passages from one or more works
n.

1650s, “literary gleanings,” from Latinized form of Greek analekta, literally “things chosen,” neuter plural of analektos “select, choice,” verbal adjective of analegein “to gather up, collect,” from ana- “up” (see ana-) + legein “to gather,” also “to choose words,” hence “to speak” (see lecture (n.)).

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