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Definition of encyclopedia

: a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject

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Recent Examples on the Web During his amateur years, Louis won 50 fights and lost only four, the encyclopedia said. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Joe Louis, longest-reigning heavyweight champ, was born in Alabama," 18 Sep. 2020 From the colors of dinosaurs’ eggs and feathers to the shapes of their brains, our dino encyclopedia now includes unprecedented details on how these animals were born, grew up, and lived. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 The result is a podcast that is not only a source of enjoyment but an encyclopedia of the machinations of the Chicago music community as a whole. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Through 15 years and more than 1,000 podcasts, Jaime Black and Dynasty Podcasts have been there, from Chance the Rapper to Smashing Pumpkins," 3 Sep. 2020 Paula Disbrowe is a one-woman walking, cooking, and writing encyclopedia of shoot-from-the-hip deliciousness. Paula Disbrowe, Sunset Magazine, "What’s in My Kitchen: Cookbook Author Paula Disbrowe," 1 Sep. 2020 In the encyclopedia of animal accommodations, the most admirable architect is the beaver. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Is Staying In Staying Safe?," 31 Aug. 2020 Search for answers on the communal encyclopedia from within Zoom chat. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "10 cool Zoom app plug-ins to enhance your video meeting experience," 20 Aug. 2020 Cost: free; $19.99 a year (after a seven-day free trial) for the ad-free premium version with features that include unlimited fish identifications and a fish encyclopedia. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "17 Learning Tools For Your Next Outdoor Excursion," 11 Aug. 2020 Diazgranados and his collaborators have created a free online portal called ColPlantA, an encyclopedia of Colombian plants with more than 26,000 species listed to date. Thomas Page, CNN, "In Colombia, scientists are finding new species in uncharted territory," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of encyclopedia

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encyclopedia

Medieval Latin encyclopaedia course of general education, from Greek enkyklios + paideia education, child rearing, from paid-, pais child — more at few

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The first known use of encyclopedia was in 1644

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“Encyclopedia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedia. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedia

: a reference work (such as a book, series of books, Web site, or CD-ROM) that contains information about many different subjects or a lot of information about a particular subject


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Kids Definition of encyclopedia

: a book or a set of books containing information on all branches of learning in articles arranged alphabetically by subject

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