pro·​to·​canonical | \ ¦prōt(ˌ)ō+\

Definition of protocanonical

: of, relating to, or constituting those books of the Bible accepted early into the biblical canon without serious controversy — compare deuterocanonical

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History and Etymology for protocanonical

New Latin protocanonicus protocanonical (from prot- + Late Latin canonicus belonging to the canon of Scripture) + English -al

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