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bestiary

[bes-chee-er-ee, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃiˌɛr i, ˈbis-/
noun, plural bestiaries.
1.
a collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Medieval Latin bēstiārium, neuter of Latin bēstiārius. See beast, -ary
Related forms
bestiarist
[bes-chee-er-ist, -cher-, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃi ər ɪst, -tʃər-, ˈbis-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples for bestiary
  • The bestiary you face as you progress through the game is varied.
  • From any scientific point of view, this was bestiary turf.
  • Now comes a report of a possible new member of the cosmic bestiary: the quark star.
  • For they are now seen to be an integral part of the universal bestiary-as significant in their way as stars, planets and galaxies.
  • The bestiary of three-dimensional shells on these pages was generated by simple equations.
British Dictionary definitions for bestiary

bestiary

/ˈbɛstɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
a moralizing medieval collection of descriptions (and often illustrations) of real and mythical animals
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Word Origin and History for bestiary
bestiary
"medieval treatise on beasts (usually with moralistic overtones)," 1834, from M.L. bestiarium, from bestia (see beast). A Latin term for such works was liber de bestiis compositus.
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