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oc·ta·vo

 (ŏk-tā′vō, -tä′-)
n. pl. oc·ta·vos
1. The page size, from 5 by 8 inches to 6 by 9.5 inches, of a book composed of printer's sheets folded into eight leaves.
2. A book composed of octavo pages. In both senses also called eightvo.

[Medieval Latin (in) octāvō, (in) an eighth, from Latin, ablative sing. of octāvus, eighth, from octō, eight; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.]

octavo

(ɒkˈteɪvəʊ)
n, pl -vos
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: eightvo a book size resulting from folding a sheet of paper of a specified size to form eight leaves: demi-octavo. Often written: 8vo or
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a book of this size
3. (formerly) a size of cut paper 8 inches by 5 inches (20.3 cm by 12.7 cm)
[C16: from New Latin phrase in octavo in an eighth (of a whole sheet)]

oc•ta•vo

(ɒkˈteɪ voʊ, -ˈtɑ-)

n., pl. -vos,
adj. n.
1. a book size of about 6 x 9 in. (16 x 23 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 8 leaves or 16 pages. Symbol: 8vo, 8°
2. a book of this size.
adj.
3. in octavo.
[1575–85; short for New Latin in octāvō in an eighth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.octavo - the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves
size - the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing); "he wears a size 13 shoe"
Translations
octau
inoctavo

octavo

[ɒkˈteɪvəʊ]
A. ADJen octavo
B. N (octavos (pl)) → libro m en octavo

octavo

nOktav(format) nt; (also octavo volume)Oktavband m

octavo

[ɒkˈteɪvəʊ] nvolume m in-ottavo
References in classic literature ?
He is of moderate octavo size, varying from fifteen to twenty-five feet in length, and of corresponding dimensions round the waist.
If any of the following whales, shall hereafter be caught and marked, then he can readily be incorporated into this System, according to his Folio, Octavo, or Duodecimo magnitude: --The Bottle-Nose Whale; the Junk Whale; the Pudding-Headed Whale; the Cape Whale; the Leading Whale; the Cannon Whale; the Scragg Whale; the Coppered Whale; the Elephant Whale; the Iceberg Whale; the Quog Whale; the Blue Whale; etc.
Because, while the whales of this order, though smaller than those of the former order, nevertheless retain a proportionate likeness to them in figure, yet the bookbinder's Quarto volume in its diminished form does not preserve the shape of the Folio volume, but the Octavo volume does.
My 'Conquest of Granada' was in two octavo volumes, bound in drab boards, and printed on paper very much yellowed with time at its irregular edges.
who labors indefatigably, through three octavo volumes, to accomplish the destruction of one or two souls, while any common devil would have demolished one or two thousand.
The good-natured locksmith was still patting her on the back and applying such gentle restoratives, when a message arrived from Mrs Varden, making known to all whom it might concern, that she felt too much indisposed to rise after her great agitation and anxiety of the previous night; and therefore desired to be immediately accommodated with the little black teapot of strong mixed tea, a couple of rounds of buttered toast, a middling-sized dish of beef and ham cut thin, and the Protestant Manual in two volumes post octavo.
Yes,' said Miss Knag, nodding in great triumph; 'another book, in three volumes post octavo.
I remained in the same vague state of mind until ten o'clock or thereabouts, when going below, I found suspended on either side of the cabin, three long tiers of hanging bookshelves, designed apparently for volumes of the small octavo size.
One favourite volume was a small octavo edition of the Directorium Inquisitorum, by the Dominican Eymeric de Gironne; and there were passages in Pomponius Mela, about the old African Satyrs and OEgipans, over which Usher would sit dreaming for hours.
Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf of a book, octavo size, no water-mark.
During the three months voyage to India he 'devoured' and in many cases copiously annotated a vast number of books in 'Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, and English; folios, quartos, octavos, and duodecimos.
Other gentlemen, who had no briefs to show, carried under their arms goodly octavos, with a red label behind, and that under-done-pie-crust-coloured cover, which is technically known as 'law calf.