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historiated

[hi-stawr-ee-ey-tid, -stohr-] /hɪˈstɔr iˌeɪ tɪd, -ˈstoʊr-/
adjective
1.
(especially of initial letters on an illuminated manuscript) decorated with animals, flowers, or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose.
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Historical Examples
  • It should be said, however, that his “historiated” or pictorial capitals are apparently original and mostly good.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • These initials (when not historiated with little miniatures) were painted in colour upon a ground usually of gold.

    Palaeography Bernard Quaritch
British Dictionary definitions for historiated

historiated

/hɪˈstɔːrɪˌeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
decorated with flowers or animals Also storiated
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin historiāre to tell a story in pictures, from Latin historia story
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