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[en-sahy-kluh-pee-dik] /ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪk/
pertaining to or of the nature of an encyclopedia; relating to all branches of knowledge.
comprehending a wide variety of information; comprehensive:
an encyclopedic memory.
Also, encyclopaedic, encyclopedical, encyclopaedical.
Origin of encyclopedic
1815-25; encycloped(ia) + -ic
Related forms
encyclopedically, encyclopaedically, adverb
nonencyclopaedic, adjective
nonencyclopedic, adjective
nonencyclopedical, adjective
2. all-embracing, all-inclusive, exhaustive, wide-ranging. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for encyclopedic


of, characteristic of, or relating to an encyclopedia
covering a wide range of knowledge; comprehensive
Derived Forms
encyclopedically, encyclopaedically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for encyclopedic

1824, from encyclopedia + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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