reference book

noun
1.
a book containing useful facts or specially organized information, as an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, yearbook, etc.
2.
Also called pass, passbook. South African. a domestic identity document carried by black citizens.

Origin:
1885–90

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reference book
 
n
1.  a book, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, etc, from which information may be obtained
2.  (South African) another name for passbook

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Example sentences
For amateur naturalists, it is somewhere between a reference book and a travel
  guide.
And unfortunately, no reference book can settle whether they do, for reverse
  dictionaries are quite limited in their usefulness.
Think of it as a good reference book for cooking to cure.
Upon returning from the trip, neither he nor his friends were able to locate a
  reference book that provided the answer.
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