excursus


ex·cur·sus

noun \ik-ˈskər-səs\
plural ex·cur·sus·es also ex·cur·sus \-səs, -ˌsüs\

Definition of EXCURSUS

:  an appendix or digression that contains further exposition of some point or topic

Examples of EXCURSUS

  1. <this biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine contains an interesting excursus on the status of women in the Middle Ages>

Origin of EXCURSUS

Latin, digression, from excurrere
First Known Use: 1803

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