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[bes-chee-er-ee, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃiˌɛr i, ˈbis-/
noun, plural bestiaries.
a collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals.
Origin of bestiary
1615-25; < Medieval Latin bēstiārium, neuter of Latin bēstiārius. See beast, -ary
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[bes-chee-er-ist, -cher-, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃi ər ɪst, -tʃər-, ˈbis-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for bestiary


noun (pl) -aries
a moralizing medieval collection of descriptions (and often illustrations) of real and mythical animals
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Word Origin and History for bestiary

"medieval treatise on beasts" usually with moralistic overtones, 1818, from Medieval Latin bestiarium "a menagerie," also "a book about animals", from bestia (see beast). A Latin term for such works was liber de bestiis compositus. Roman bestiarius meant "a fighter against beasts in the public entertainments."

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