See also: Codex and códex

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From Latin cōdex, variant form of caudex (tree trunk, book, notebook); compare caudex (in botany). Doublet of code.

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codex (plural codices or codexes)

  1. An early manuscript book.
  2. A book bound in the modern manner, by joining pages, as opposed to a rolled scroll.
    • 2022 February 15, Margalit Fox, “Look It Up? Only if You’re Dishonest and Ignorant”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      From its inception, the index has provided a window onto the history of the book, for it took the advent of a particular type of book — the codex, a sheaf of pages fastened along one edge — to make an index a practical possibility.
  3. An official list of medicines and medicinal ingredients.

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an official list of medicines and medicinal ingredients

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  1. ^ codex”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

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From Latin cōdex.

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codex m (plural codex)

  1. codex (all senses)

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Originally an alternative form of caudex, showing 'rustic' monophthongization of /au̯/ to /oː/.

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cōdex m (genitive cōdicis); third declension

  1. tree trunk; book, notebook
    • c. 49 CE, Seneca, De Brevitate Vitae (On the Shortness of Life) (in English), Penguin, →ISBN, page 21:
      That was Claudius, who for this reason was called Caudex because a structure linking several wooden planks was called in antiquity a caudex. Hence too the Law Tables are called codices, and even today the boats which carry provisions up the Tiber are called by the old-fashioned name codicariae.

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Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cōdex cōdicēs
Genitive cōdicis cōdicum
Dative cōdicī cōdicibus
Accusative cōdicem cōdicēs
Ablative cōdice cōdicibus
Vocative cōdex cōdicēs

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  • Romansch: cudesch, cudisch, codesch

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  • codex”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • codex”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • codex in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • account-book; ledger: codex or tabulae ratio accepti et expensi
  • codex”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898), Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • codex in Ramminger, Johann (2016 July 16 (last accessed)) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[3], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • codex”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

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codex n (plural codexuri)

  1. Alternative form of codice

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