Explicit

The closing of a textual unit, from the Latin explicitus, meaning 'unrolled'.

The closing of a textual unit, from the Latin explicitus, meaning 'unrolled'. When cataloguing manuscripts, the incipit and explicit of a text are often cited to aid textual identification.

  • Arabic:
    آخر الكتاب
  • French:
    Desinit; Explicit
  • Italian:
    Finit; explicit
  • Spanish:
    éxplicit

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).