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n. pl. flor·i·le·gi·a (-jē-ə)
A collection of excerpts from written texts, especially works of literature.

[New Latin flōrilegium, flower-gathering (translation of Greek anthologion, flower-gathering, anthology), from Latin flōrilegus, gathering flowers : flōs, flōr-, flower; see flower + legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -gia (-dʒɪə)
1. (Journalism & Publishing) (formerly) a lavishly illustrated book on flowers
2. (Journalism & Publishing) rare an anthology
[C17: Modern Latin, from Latin florilegus flower-collecting, from flōs flower + legere to collect]


(ˌflɔr əˈli dʒi əm, ˌfloʊr-)

n., pl. -gi•a (-jēə).
a collection of literary pieces; anthology.
[1640–50; < New Latin flōrilegium= Latin flōri- flori- + leg(ere) to gather + -ium -ium1; a calque of Greek anthología]


1. an anthology or collection of brief extracts or writings.
2. an anthology of good writing from the best writers for imitation.
See also: Collections and Collecting
an anthology or select collection of literary pieces.
See also: Literature

Florilegium, Florilegia

 a collection of flowers, 1711; of poetic passages. See also anthology.
Example: florilegia of celestial stories, 1647.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.florilegium - an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
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Preachers, Florilegia, and Sermons: Studies on the "Manipulus florum" of Thomas of Ireland.
Similarly, anthologies or florilegia were often organized in accord with topics of confessional interest, in which "Augustine was mined for proof texts about topical arguments, rather than as an independent source of intellectual inspirations" (91).
V Dougherty deflates the reputation of novelty often attached to Pico's work, demonstrating its compatibility with the traditions of quaestiones disputatae, florilegia, and dialectic.
The early assembling of such florilegia of single and / or excerpted stanzas is a peculiarity of the transmission of Occitan lyric.
Florilegia altaistica; studies in honour of Denis Sinor on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
The similarity of this gathering of literary passages to the collecting of flowers in gardens and meadows did not escape poetic minds, and led to the designation of such collections of commonplaces as anthologies or florilegia.
3) Invoking their auctoritas in a manner reminiscent of a compiler of florilegia patrum, she urges historians to consider taking up the challenge of a "new intellectual history.
The designs in the Florilegia collection are inspired by the Royal Horticultural Society archive.
Though such passages were commonly written down in medieval florilegia, Ong follows Havelock (1963) in attributing them to a much more ancient oral tradition that valued the flow of words and constantly recycled sayings lest they be lost by forgetting.
Fubini begins with Petrarch (1304-1374), who disdained medieval florilegia but himself used classical and ecclesiastical authors in a more assimilated process of composition.