Definition of bibliotheca in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbiblēəˈTHēkə/

noun (plural bibliothecae /-kē/ or bibliothecas)

1A library.
Example sentences
  • As the author notes, it was not uncommon to call an entire Bible a bibliotheca - a ‘library.’
  • The bibliotheca, located close beside the Cathedral, is known for its collection of centuries-old Western books.
  • Most libraries have shelves of books that cover a genre or style; a bibliotheca would have entire rooms, specialising in poetry, architecture, science, design and music.
1.1A list of books in a catalog, especially for use by a bookseller.
Example sentences
  • Mayer has published a bibliotheca of casuists, containing an account of all the writers on cases of conscience.
  • He first published a Bibliotheca sacra (1709), an index of all the editions of the Bible.
  • The same author published a 'Bibliotheca Chirurgica' and a 'Bibliotheca Medicinae Practicae' at Berne and Basel between 1774 and 1788.

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Syllabification: bib·li·o·the·ca

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