hand-book

handbook

[hand-book]
noun
1.
a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual: a handbook of radio.
2.
a guidebook for travelers: a handbook of Italy.
3.
a reference book in a particular field: a medical handbook.
4.
a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles: a handbook of lectures on criticism.

Origin:
translation of German Handbuch

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handbook (ˈhændˌbʊk)
 
n
a reference book listing brief facts on a subject or place or directions for maintenance or repair, as of a car: a tourists' handbook

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handbook
O.E. handboc, translating L. manualis. Displaced in M.E. by manual (from O.Fr.), and later in part by Gk. enchiridion. Reintroduced 1814, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word." [Trench]
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