One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A literary work made up of quotations from other works.
- ‘This passage is another characteristic cento of references to different Dante texts, although this has not been noted.’
- ‘Centos are a great way to encourage older children to read poetry.’
- ‘This glosa is based on R S Gwynn's Approaching A Significant Birthday He Peruses The Norton Anthology Of Poetry which is itself a cento.’
Early 17th century: Latin, ‘patchwork garment’, the original sense in English.
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