analects

plural noun
an·​a·​lects | \ ˈa-nə-ˌlek(t)s How to pronounce analects (audio) \
variants: or less commonly analecta \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈlek-​tə How to pronounce analecta (audio) \

Definition of analects

: selected miscellaneous written passages

First Known Use of analects

1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for analects

New Latin analecta, from Greek analekta, neuter plural of analektos, verbal of analegein to collect, from ana- + legein to gather — more at legend

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“Analects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analects. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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