locus classicus

locus clas·​si·​cus | \ -ˈkla-si-kəs How to pronounce locus classicus (audio) \
plural loci classici\ -​ˈkla-​sə-​ˌsī How to pronounce loci classici (audio) , -​ˌkī , -​ˌkē \

Definition of locus classicus

1 : a passage that has become a standard for the elucidation of a word or subject
2 : a classic case or example

First Known Use of locus classicus

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for locus classicus

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“Locus classicus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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