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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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
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Florilegium, Florilegia

 a collection of flowers, 1711; of poetic passages. See also anthology.
Example: florilegia of celestial stories, 1647.
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Noun1.florilegium - an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
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From Mughal-era florilegia (illustrations of flora from a specific garden) to colonial Floras (botanical catalogues of specific regions), these collections gathered plant images on the page through exquisite engravings, watercolours, lithographs or pen-and-ink drawings.
Their topics include the role of the abbots of Le Bec 1034-1281, Anselm of Le Bec and Canterbury: teacher by word and example following the footprints of his ancestors, Robert of Torigni and Le Bec: the man and the myth, custom and identity at Le Bec, education and schooling at Le Bec: a case study of Le Bec's florilegia, and the monks of Le Bec and their benefactors: the nature and meaning of religious patronage.
This feminist stance appears in illuminations of biblical and patristic texts, the deliberate editing of texts to eliminate traces of misogyny, and the selection of texts for florilegia and collections of saints' lives highlighting the public role of religious women in the church.
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.
Florilegia altaistica; studies in honour of Denis Sinor on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
(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." (4) Such an approach, for which the book as a whole advocates, requires the decentering of the reigning historical paradigm of applying socioanthropological models to the study of the past and replacing it with an approach that relies on postmodern theory to illuminate the textuality of historical representations.
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.
Dance Magazine editorial assistant Sara Colburn is co-founder and co-director of Florilegia, a baroque chamber music ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area.