| Definition -
(1) (legal) Written material, usually from an established authority, that a writer or speaker is quoting or referring to.
For example, "the lawyer's position on segregation is supported by the ipsissima verba of the Supreme Court's holding in Brown v. Board of Education."
(2) (Biblical) The Aramaic words found in the Gospels — which were written in Koine — that might be the actual words Jesus spoke.
For example, in Mark 15:34 — "And at the ninth hour, Jesus shouted in a loud voice, "Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, for what have you forsaken me?"
Etymology - The term means "the very words" in Latin.