Pronunciation: (kō'deks), [key]
—pl. co•di•cesPronunciation: (kō'du-sēz", kod'u-). [key]
1. a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
2. a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
3. Archaic.a code; book of statutes.
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