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(n) a very heavy book; a volume in a series of volumes on a particular topic. Origin: Gk tomos, a slice -> 'a slice of paper' -> 'a book' Vikram Seth's novel 'A Suitable Boy' is a 1,500 page tome. It is so well written, however, that one only feels sad when the pages on the right hand side of the tome start thinning out. The writer pored over many thick tomes of philosophy to get accurate information about his subject.

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