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Meaning of prolegomenon

pro•le•gom•e•non

Pronunciation: (prō"li-gom'u-non", -nun), [key]
— pl. -na
  1. a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue.
  2. Usually, a treatise serving as a preface or introduction to a book.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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