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codex Line breaks: codex
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊdɛks/

Definition of codex in English:

noun (plural codices ˈkəʊdɪsiːzˈkɒdɪsiːz or codexes)

1An ancient manuscript text in book form: [in names]: the great legal compilation known as the Codex Euricianus
More example sentences
  • The novelist incorrectly refers to the Nag Hammadi documents as scrolls; they are actually codices.
  • The only known surviving copy of the gospel was found in a codex, or ancient book, that dates back to the third or fourth century A.D.
  • He suggests that they indicate that the stone vessel may have originally contained a Maya codex, or ancient book.
2An official list of medicines, chemicals, etc.
Example sentences
  • Nahuatl terms written in alphabetical characters accompany the multitude of indigenous persons, places, and things listed and depicted in the codex.
  • A significant group of Frankish legal codices reflects the activity of a small group of scribes presided over by the cancellarius and associated with the royal court.
  • The chief judicial authorities must be clergy with advanced training in the codices of Islamic law.


Late 16th century (denoting a collection of statutes): from Latin, literally 'block of wood', later denoting a block split into leaves or tablets for writing on, hence a book.

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