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[awr-doh] /ˈɔr doʊ/

noun, plural ordines
[awr-dn-eez] /ˈɔr dnˌiz/ (Show IPA)
Roman Catholic Church. a booklet containing short and abbreviated directions for the contents of the office and Mass of each day in the year.
[noh-woo s ohr-doh se-kloh-roo m; English noh-vuh s awr-doh se-klawr-uh m, -klohr-] /ˈnoʊ wʊs ˈoʊr doʊ sɛˈkloʊ rʊm; English ˈnoʊ vəs ˈɔr doʊ sɛˈklɔr əm, -ˈkloʊr-/
a new order of the ages (is born): motto on the reverse of the great seal of the United States (adapted from Vergil’s Eclogues IV:5).

on the Great Seal of the United States of America, apparently an allusion to line 5 of Virgil’s “Eclogue IV,” in an 18c. edition: Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo “The great series of ages begins anew.” The seal’s designer, Charles Thomson, wrote that the words “signify the beginnings of the New American Era.” (see Annuit Coeptis).


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