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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of excerpere, from carpere 'to gather, pick'

excerpt

noun
     
ex‧cerpt [countable]
a short piece taken from a book, poem, piece of music etc
excerpt of/from
An excerpt of the speech appeared in the Sunday paper.
excerpt verb [transitive usually passive]

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