adjective his·to·ri·at·ed \-rēˌātə̇d\

Definition of historiated

  1. :  adorned with figures (as flowers, animals) having significance rather than purely decorative elements (as scrolls, diapers) —used originally of the elaborately decorated initials of books and manuscripts and now chiefly of a symbolic representational manner of presenting supplementary information on a map or chart

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Origin and Etymology of historiated

Medieval Latin historiatus (past participle of historiare to tell a story in pictures, from Late Latin, to relate, from Latin historia narrative, history) + English -ed — more at history

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a brief usually trivial fact

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