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codicology Line breaks: co¦di|col¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊdɪˈkɒlədʒi/

Definition of codicology in English:


[mass noun]
The study of manuscripts and their interrelationships.
Example sentences
  • A fairly brief introduction provides a basic description of the manuscript, concentrating on its codicology and production.
  • Hebrew handwritten books may indeed serve as a useful means for devising a comparative codicology and paleography.
  • Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages.


Pronunciation: /kəʊdɪkəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Paleographic and codicological evidence reveals that the original text of the martyrology was written in Spain in the mid-twelfth century.
  • The present paper presents the type of transcription and the textual and codicological encoding on the source level, but first it gives an introduction to the encoded books.
  • He can also look for codicological details in the descriptions or in the index.


1950s: from French codicologie, from Latin codex, codic- (see codex).

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