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reference book

a book containing useful facts or specially organized information, as an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, yearbook, etc.
Also called pass, passbook. South African. a domestic identity document carried by black citizens.
Origin of reference book
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Always make a point of entering the errata with a pencil in the margins of every reference-book that you acquire.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • He declared that a writer who used such a reference-book ought to 116 be deprived of his paper and ink.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for reference-book

reference book

a book, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, etc, from which information may be obtained
(South African) another name for passbook (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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