pe·​ric·​o·​pe pə-ˈri-kə-pē How to pronounce pericope (audio)
: a selection from a book
specifically : lection sense 1

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek perikopē section, from peri- + kopē act of cutting, from koptein to cut — more at capon

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pericope was in 1643

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Cite this Entry

“Pericope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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