bestiary

noun bes·ti·ary \ ˈbes-chē-ˌer-ē , -ˌe-rē , ˈbesh- , ˈbēs- , ˈbēsh- \

Definition of bestiary

plural bestiaries
1 : a medieval allegorical or moralizing work on the appearance and habits of real or imaginary animals
2 a : a collection of descriptions or representations of real or imaginary animals
b : an array of real humans or literary characters often having symbolic significance
3 : an unusual or whimsical collection
  • a truly astounding bestiary of airplane designs
  • —Peter Garrison

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Origin and Etymology of bestiary

Medieval Latin bestiarium, from Latin, neuter of bestiarius of beasts, from bestia


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