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[boo k-keys] /ˈbʊkˌkeɪs/
a set of shelves for books.
Origin of bookcase
1720-30; book + case2 Unabridged
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  • Sprinkle a little Cayenne pepper in the cracks at the back of the shelves of the bookcase.

  • "Here's the book I got myself from," said John, advancing to a bookcase.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • And me blue and black all over, to say nothing of the bookcase and the new paint that'll be wanted for the door!

  • Mrs. Wright, meantime, lighted the candles, her eyes on the bookcase.

  • Glance over the bookcase and see if you notice a book of short stories—detective stories, you know.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • They had mistrusted him; and he had sold his watch, his bookcase, and even his linen.

  • The slat-back chair beside the bookcase is the most valuable type of its period, being made about 1750.

    Remodeled Farmhouses Mary H. Northend
  • At this point there was a masculine chuckle from the armchair by the bookcase.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Perceiving that these works were scarcely of a kind calculated to while away an idle hour, Chichikov turned to a second bookcase.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for bookcase


a piece of furniture containing shelves for books, often fitted with glass doors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bookcase

1726, from book (n.) + case (n.2). An Old English word for this was bocfodder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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