Definition of bestiary in English:

bestiary

Line breaks: bes|tiary
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛstɪəri
 
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noun (plural bestiaries)

  • A descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various kinds of animal, especially a medieval work with a moralizing tone.
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    • They typically demand some bizarre chimera: a part goat, part rooster sort of monster appropriate to a medieval bestiary or science fiction.
    • Reminded me of reading in a medieval bestiary how lions would rescue people, and feeling rather superior as I read it.
    • Long-faced, often sporting four horns, it resembles a creature in a medieval bestiary.

Origin

mid 19th century: from medieval Latin bestiarium, from Latin bestia 'beast'.

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