In a word: Fascicle

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Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:

FASCICLE

When books are produced by sewing individual sections into the binding, each section is called a fascicle (pronounced FAS-i-kel). It is most particularly used to indicate an installment of a book published separately. The word comes from the Latin fasciculus, a diminutive of fascis, "bundle." The same root yields the word fasces, the bound bundle of rods with a projecting ax head that the Romans used as a symbol of civil authority (and also, regrettably, Fascist).

Example: The first fascicle of the great Oxford English Dictionary, including the entries "A-ant," was published on Feb. 1, 1884.

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