Definition of bestiary in English:


Syllabification: bes·ti·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈbēsCHēˌerē, ˈbes-

noun (plural bestiaries)

A descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, especially a medieval work with a moralizing tone.
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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