A selection of passages from one or more authors; an anthology.
[Latin collēctānea, from neuter pl. of collēctāneus, collected, from collēctus; see collect2.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a collection of excerpts from one or more authors; miscellany; anthology
[C18: from Latin, from collectāneus assembled, from colligere to collect1]
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col•lec•ta•ne•a(ˌkɒl ɛkˈteɪ ni ə)
collected passages, esp. as arranged in a miscellany or anthology.
[1785–95; < Latin, neuter pl. of collēctāneus gathered together =collēct(us), past participle of colligere (see collect1) + -āneus adj. suffix (see -an1, -eous)]
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a miscellany of passages from an author or authors, sometimes assembled for teaching purposes.See also: Books
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Collectaneaa miscellany of passages collected from various authors, 1791. See also anthology.
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