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tome

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noun \ˈtōm\

Simple Definition of tome

  • : a very large, thick book

Full Definition of tome

  1. 1 :  a volume forming part of a larger work

  2. 2 :  book; especially :  a large or scholarly book

Examples of tome

  1. a long tome on European history

  2. <picked up a thick tome on the Roman Empire at a used book store>



Origin of tome

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos section, roll of papyrus, tome, from temnein to cut; akin to Middle Irish tamnaid he lops, Polish ciąć to cut, and perhaps to Latin tondēre to shear


First Known Use: 1519

Rhymes with tome


-tome

noun combining form

Definition of -tome

  1. 1 :  part :  segment <myotome>

  2. 2 :  cutting instrument <microtome>



Origin of -tome

Greek tomos



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