from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from a Scripture that forms part of a church service.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A section of text forming a coherent thought, suitable for use in a speech.
- n. A passage of Scripture to be read in public worship or a book containing such passages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A selection or extract from a book; especially (Theol.), a selection from the Bible, appointed to be read in the churches or used as a text for a sermon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extract; a selection from a book; specifically, in the ancient Christian church, a passage of Scripture appointed to be read on certain Sundays and festive occasions.
- n. 2. In ancient prosody, a group of two or more systems.
Late Latin pericopē, from Greek perikopē, a cutting around, section, from perikoptein, to cut around : peri-, peri- + koptein, to cut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From late Latin pericope, from Greek περικοπή ‘section’, from peri- + κοπή ‘cutting’, from κόπτειν ‘to cut’. (Wiktionary)