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centoplural centonesLatin, patchwork quilt or curtain

, centoes, or centos An often poetic patchwork composition of words, phrases, or lines from other works. An early example is Decimus Magnus Ausonius' Cento nuptialis , a patchwork in which lines of Virgil are pieced together to form a shockingly explicit account of the consummation of a marriage. This type of composition, sometimes known as a collage or pastiche, is still written, some notable examples being works by practitioners of Dada and Surrealism.

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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