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 (bĕs′chē-ĕr′ē, bēs′-)
n. pl. bes·ti·ar·ies
A book consisting of a collection of descriptions of real and fabulous animals, often including a moral or allegorical interpretation of each animal's behavior. Bestiaries were particularly popular in medieval Europe.

[Medieval Latin bēstiārium, from Latin bēstia, beast.]


n, pl -aries
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a moralizing medieval collection of descriptions (and often illustrations) of real and mythical animals


(ˈbɛs tʃiˌɛr i, ˈbis-)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
a collection of moralizing tales about real and mythical animals.
[1615–25; < Medieval Latin bēstiārium, neuter of Latin bēstiārius. See beast, -ary]


a collection of fables, intended to teach a moral lesson, in which the characters are real or imaginary animals.
See also: Collections and Collecting
an allegorical or moralizing commentary based upon real or fabled animals, usually medieval and sometimes illustrated.
See also: Animals
an allegorical or moralizing commentary, usually medieval and sometimes illustrated, based upon real or fabled animals.
See also: Literature


 a medieval written book which collects together verse, prose, and illustrations of real and fabled animals—Wilkes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bestiary - a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animalsbestiary - a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"


[ˈbestɪərɪ] Nbestiario m


nBestiaire nt, → Bestiarium nt
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