locus classicus

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locus clas·si·cus

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

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)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: classicus - an authoritative and often-quoted passage
passage - a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
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