apocrypha

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction apoc·ry·pha \ ə-ˈpä-krə-fə \

Definition of apocrypha

1 : writings or statements of dubious authenticity
2 capitalized
a : books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament — see Bible Table
b : early Christian writings not included in the New Testament

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Origin and Etymology of apocrypha

Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, neuter plural of apocryphus secret, not canonical, from Greek apokryphos obscure, from apokryptein to hide away, from apo- + kryptein to hide — more at crypt

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