American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A starting point or origin.
- n. A first point in time: The terminus a quo for the Middle Ages is often considered the fall of Rome in 476.
- n. The lower limit of dating, as of the earliest plausible date at which a fact could have occurred or a document could have been written.
- n. earliest limiting point
- Borrowing from Latin (Wiktionary)
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