One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Frequently with capital initial. A treatise, formerly frequently attributed to Ptolemy, consisting of a hundred aphorisms of astrology.
2More generally: a collection of a hundred sayings, propositions, or aphorisms, generally presented as a literary work. Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Phaer (?1510–1560), translator and physician. From post-classical Latin centiloquium from classical Latin centum hundred + -loquium from loquī to speak; compare -y.
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