reference book

noun

Definition of reference book

1 : a book (as a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas) intended primarily for consultation rather than for consecutive reading
2 : a library book that may be used on the premises but may not be taken out

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“Reference book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reference%20book. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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