February 22, 2019
anthology (noun)
\an-THAH-luh-jee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a collection of literary pieces
How do you use it?
During vacation, Alex read an anthology of poetry that included poems by Nikki Giovanni, Jenny Xie, Seamus Heaney, and many others.
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To form an anthology you gather writings together. "Anthology" stems from a word that has to do with gathering something else. What do you think the word at the root of "anthology" means? Hint: our question contains some clues.

Did our use of the words "stems" and "root" help to draw you to D? "Anthology" stems from the Greek word "anthologia," meaning "flower gathering." At the root of "anthologia" is "anthos," meaning "flower," and "logia," meaning "collecting." Speakers of New Latin (Latin as spoken after the medieval period) borrowed "anthologia" from Greek and used it to mean "a collection of poems." English adopted it as "anthology" in the mid-17th century. By the mid-19th century, English speakers had extended its meaning to apply to collections of music or art.
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