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

Definition of bestiary



  1. 1 :  a medieval allegorical or moralizing work on the appearance and habits of real or imaginary animals

  2. 2a :  a collection of descriptions or representations of real or imaginary animalsb :  an array of real humans or literary characters often having symbolic significance

  3. 3 :  an unusual or whimsical collection a truly astounding bestiary of airplane designs — Peter Garrison

Origin and Etymology of bestiary

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

First Known Use: 1817

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