plural -s
often capitalized
: an edition or work in eight texts or versions in parallel columns
especially : an edition of a portion of the Old Testament compiled by Origen in the 3d century a.d. and consisting of the Hebrew text and seven Greek versions of it compare hexapla

Word History


Late Greek oktapla, from Greek, neuter plural of oktaplous, oktaploos eightfold, from okta- octa- + -plous, -ploos -fold (as in diploos double)

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“Octapla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octapla. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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