Philip Newton wrote:
> No idea about MLA, but would "s.v." be handy here? As in {"The
> Dictionary", s.v. "sayan"} or the like?
>>From "sub voce" IIRC. 

Yep - _vox_ (gen: vocis) means not only "voice" but anything 
  uttered by a voice., i.e. word, saying, sentence, proverb etc.

> It's a way I've seen used to refer to specific
> lemmas in a dictionary -- usually, I think, in ways such as "The OED
> says (s.v. _bla_) that 'blabla' is a 25th-century loan from
> Qwertyian".

Great language is Qwertyian    :)

Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu.
There's none too old to learn.