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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: manu scriptus 'written by hand'

manuscript

noun
     
man‧u‧script [countable]
1TCN a book or piece of writing before it is printed
in manuscript
I read his novel in manuscript.
Unfortunately, parts of the original manuscript have been lost.
2AL a book or document written by hand before printing was invented:
a fine collection of medieval manuscripts

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