Definition of bestiary
1 : a medieval allegorical or moralizing work on the appearance and habits of real or imaginary animals
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 : an unusual or whimsical collection a truly astounding bestiary of airplane designs — Peter Garrison
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The formal exuberance of this modern bestiary is exhilarating.
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Origin and Etymology of bestiary
Medieval Latin bestiarium, from Latin, neuter of bestiarius of beasts, from bestia
First Known Use: 1817See Words from the same year
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