plural eide (EYE-dee, AY-day)
noun: The formal sum of a culture, its intellectual character, ideas, etc.
From Greek eidos (form, idea), ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise, wit, and eidetic. Earliest recorded use: 1936.
“Picture, if you will, honey, the eidos of repulsive: plaid upholstered chairs, with ruffled skirts, all hideously brown and yellow.”
Christopher Coe; Such Times; Penguin Books; 1994.
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