One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to a cathedral chapter.
- ‘It is very probable that the origin of the capitular body may be found in the bishop's household, his familia, as it existed in patristic times.’
- ‘Let some suitable remuneration be paid him out of the episcopal or capitular revenue.’
- ‘Cathedrals which were not monastic foundations, and collegiate churches, were served by secular clergy, the canons or prebendaries, who constituted the capitular body or chapter.’
Relating to a capitulum.
- ‘The Hadar hominid would have differed from most primates, in which both these vertebrae are involved in formation of the first costal capitular joint.’
- ‘The aragonite needles ranged from 1 to 4 m in length and were bundled in apparently random arrangements in a 10-m-thick zone between the outer walls of the capitular, medular, and cortical filaments.’
- ‘A second sample of 50 randomly chosen achenes of each capitular type was used to determine achene weight, achene dimensions and pappus length.’
- ‘The medullar filaments terminate as a bundle of 1-4 - cm capitular filamerits above the thallus, thereby forming the brushy cap from which Penicillus derives its name.’
Early 16th century: from late Latin capitularis, from Latin capitulum ‘small head’.
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