scho·​li·​um | \ ˈskō-lē-əm How to pronounce scholium (audio) \
plural scholia\ ˈskō-​lē-​ə How to pronounce scholia (audio) \ or scholiums

Definition of scholium

1 : a marginal annotation or comment (as on the text of a classic by an early grammarian)
2 : a remark or observation subjoined but not essential to a demonstration or a train of reasoning

First Known Use of scholium

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scholium

New Latin, from Greek scholion comment, scholium, from diminutive of scholē lecture

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