from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The very words, as of a quote.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- The actual words (spoken or transcribed).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The very same words; the self-same words; the precise language, word for word.
New Latin : Latin ipsissima, the very, neuter pl. superlative of ipse, self + Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin The very words. (Wiktionary)