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locus clas·si·cus

 (klăs′ĭ-kəs)
n. pl. loci clas·si·ci (klăs′ĭ-sī′, -kī′)
A passage from a classic or standard work that is cited as an illustration or instance.

[New Latin : Latin locus, place + Latin classicus, belonging to the highest class.]

locus classicus

(ˈklæsɪkəs)
n, pl loci classici (ˈklæsɪˌsaɪ)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an authoritative and often quoted passage from a standard work
[Latin: classical place]

lo•cus clas•si•cus

(ˈloʊ kʊs ˈklɑs sɪˌkʊs; Eng. ˈloʊ kəs ˈklæs ɪ kəs)

n., pl. lo•ci clas•si•ci (ˈloʊ ki ˈklɑs sɪˌki; Eng. ˈloʊ saɪ ˈklæs əˌsaɪ, ˈloʊ kaɪ ˈklæs ɪˌkaɪ)
Latin.
classical source: a passage commonly cited to illustrate or explain a subject or word.

locus classicus

A Latin phrase meaning classical place, used to mean a passage from a classic work that is often cited.
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Noun1.locus classicus - an authoritative and often-quoted passage
passage - a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
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From these dates, his search for understanding moves backward through the Middle Ages to scattered loci classici and forward to Lipsius and other late seventeenth-century innovators.
The middle valley of the Belize River is one of the loci classici of Mesoamerican archaeology.
The fact that Kajiyama also provides, in his annotations, references to the loci classici of these arguments (often including key citations from the relevant Sanskrit texts) makes the work under review an especially valuable resource in this area.