codex

noun
co·​dex | \ˈkō-ˌdeks \
plural codices\ ˈkō-​də-​ˌsēz , ˈkä-​ \

Definition of codex 

: a manuscript book especially of Scripture, classics, or ancient annals

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In the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D., the codex began to replace the older scroll as the preferred form for longer writings. Unlike the scroll, this wonderful invention permitted writing on both sides of a sheet, made it easy to locate a particular passage, and could contain a very long piece of writing. Codices (note this unusual plural form) were usually written on parchment, the specially prepared skin of a sheep or goat, or papyrus, the ancestor of paper. Because codices were handwritten, there were few copies of any single codex, and sometimes only a single copy. Today we no longer write our books in longhand, but the modern book has kept basically the same form as the original codices.

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Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 The Dresden codex is the oldest surviving book of the Americas. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maya exhibit featuring 300 artifacts opens at Milwaukee Public Museum," 16 Feb. 2018 Rodriguez also makes wry paper works that riff on painted colonial and pre-Columbian codices in contemporary ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Portraits of peers, collages inspired by the African diaspora and art for feline lovers," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of codex

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codex

Latin — more at code

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codex

noun
co·​dex | \ˈkō-ˌdeks \
plural codices\ ˈkōd-​ə-​ˌsēz , ˈkäd-​ \

Medical Definition of codex 

: an official or standard collection of drug formulas and descriptions a codex similar to the British Pharmaceutical Codex

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