from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A collection of the Holy Scriptures in six languages or six versions in parallel columns; particularly, the edition of the Old Testament published by Origen, in the 3d century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An edition of the Bible in six versions.
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The loss of Origen's hexapla is very much to be regretted.
"In six columns (hence hexapla), word by word or phrase by phrase down the page, he set forth (1) the Hebrew, (2) a transliteration of the Hebrew into Greek, the independent translations of (3) Aquila and (4) Symmachus, (5) the LXX, and (6) the translation by Theodotion" (Encyclopedia of Early Christianity 525).