n. pl. pe·ric·o·pes or pe·ric·o·pae (-pē′)
An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from a Scripture that forms part of a church service.
[Late Latin pericopē, from Greek perikopē, a cutting around, section, from perikoptein, to cut around : peri-, peri- + koptein, to cut.]
pe·rico·pal (pə-rĭkə-pəl), per′i·copic (pĕr′ĭ-kŏpĭk) adj.
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