Definition of collectanea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkälekˈtānēə/

plural noun

[also treated as singular]
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  • To convey this message, a ‘collectanea’ of observations and corresponding images are used.
  • Constituting an important portion of the ancient literature of China, classified books and collectanea are the embodiment of the wisdom of the past.


Mid 17th century: Latin, neuter plural of collectaneus 'gathered together', used as an adjective in Caesar's Dicta collectanea and as a noun in Solinus' Collectanea.

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Syllabification: col·lec·ta·ne·a

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