a chain or connected series, especially of extracts from the writings of the fathers of the Christian church.
Historical Examples

catena borrows right and left, and tries to follow every new indication of contemporary taste.
The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps

What wonder is it, that Catherine should have a chain,—catena?
A Decade of Italian Women, vol. I (of 2) T. Adolphus Trollope

Kircher’s catena Magnetica might haply tell us something in reply to these inquiries.
Notes and Queries, Number 195, July 23, 1853 Various

Where was what is probably a copy of the second edition of the catena Aurea of Aquinas printed?
Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850 Various

This picture—ascribed by Morelli and others to catena (see 234)—is by some connected with the name of Giorgione.
A Popular Handbook to the National Gallery, Volume I, Foreign Schools Various

Here he wrote his literal commentary on Job, and the catena Aurea.
The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March Sabine Baring-Gould

It would be easy to compile a catena of bellicose maxims from our literature, reaching down to the end of the 19th century.
Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge

Let not the weary reader imagine that the catena of evidence ends here!
The Valet’s Tragedy and Other Stories Andrew Lang

As catena often brings in a little white lap-dog, so Bonifazio constantly has as an accessory a liver-and-white spaniel.
The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps

The name of catena has been proposed, but is now no longer seriously supported.
Giorgione Herbert Cook

noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
a connected series, esp of patristic comments on the Bible


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