clavis aurea

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally "golden key"; from clāvis (key) + aurea, nominative feminine singular of aureus (golden).

Noun[edit]

clāvis aurea f

  1. (idiomatic) used to indicate the means by which texts may be interpreted.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The expression is found in theological texts of the sixteenth century, such as Clavis Scripturae Sacrae o Clavis aurea by Matthias Flacius, and in alchemical works such as Clavis Aurea Portae.