n. pl. chres·tom·a·thies
1. A selection of literary passages, usually by one author.
2. An anthology used in studying a language.
[Greek khrēstomatheia : khrēstos, useful (from khrēsthai, to use; see gher-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -matheia, body of learning (from manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
chres′to·mathic (krĕs′tə-măthĭk) adj.
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