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noun (es, pl2=excursus)
  1. A fuller treatment (in a separate section) of a particular part of the text of a book, especially a classic.
  2. A narrative digression, especially to discuss a particular issue.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol, Penguin 2001, p. 204:
    • :Here is what us scholars call an . If you are an honest man the following page or two can be of no possible interest to you.
    • 2007, Glen Bowersock, "Provocateur", London Review of Books 29:4, p. 16:
    • :In his on the Jewish people at the opening of the fifth book of his Histories ..., Tacitus was at a loss to uncover any deep cause for the war that broke out in 66.
Etymology: From Latin, excursus "excursion".


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