locus classicus

noun
locus clas·​si·​cus | \-ˈkla-si-kəs \
plural loci classici\-​ˈkla-​sə-​ˌsī, -​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

New Latin

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