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bibliotheca

[bib-lee-uh-thee-kuh] /ˌbɪb li əˈθi kə/
noun, plural bibliothecas, bibliothecae
[bib-lee-uh-thee-kee] /ˌbɪb li əˈθi ki/ (Show IPA)
1.
a collection of books; a library.
2.
a list of books, especially a bookseller's catalog.
3.
Obsolete. the Bible.
Origin
1820-1825
1820-25; < Latin: library, collection of books (Medieval Latin: Bible; compare Old English bibliothēce Bible) < Greek bibliothḗkē. See biblio-, theca
Related forms
bibliothecal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bibliothecae

bibliotheca

/ˌbɪblɪəʊˈθiːkə/
noun (pl) -cas, -cae (-kiː)
1.
a library or collection of books
2.
a printed catalogue compiled by a bibliographer
Word Origin
Latin: library, from Greek bibliothēkē, from biblio- + thēkē receptacle
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Word Origin and History for bibliothecae

bibliotheca

n.

see bibliothek.

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