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See also: Academe
- From New Latin academia, from Ancient Greek Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía); see academy. Academe (frequently capitalized) is a poetic name for the garden or grove near ancient Athens where Plato taught, supposedly named for its former owner, the hero Ἀκάδημος (Akademos; Ἑκάδημος, Hekademos).
academe (plural academes)
- (historical) The name of the garden in Athens where the academics met. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (poetic) An academy; a place of learning. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
1603, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost:
- Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; / Our court shall be a little Academe,/ Still and contemplative in living art.
- (poetic) The scholarly life, environment, or community. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- A senior member of the staff at an institution of higher learning; pedant. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- Poetic references are often to “the groves of Academe”, a translation of Horace’s inter silvas Academi.