gradus

noun

gra·​dus
ˈgrādəs
plural -es
1
: a dictionary of Greek or Latin prosody and poetical phrases used as an aid in the writing of verse in Greek or Latin
2
: a handbook (as of law phrases or forms) or exercise book to assist in the mastering or performance of a difficult art or practice

Word History

Etymology

from Gradus ad Parnassum (Latin, literally, a step to Parnassus), a 17th century prosody dictionary long used in British schools

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“Gradus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gradus. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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