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canon

noun [C usually singular] (WRITINGS)    /ˈkæn.ən/ specialized
all the writings or other works known to be by a particular person: the Shakespearean canonLiterature in general canonical     /kəˈnɒn.ɪ.kəl/ US  /-ˈnɑː.nɪ-/ adjective Rules and lawsReligious beliefs and atheistic beliefs
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