Definition of bestiary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbestɪəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbestieri//
(pl. bestiaries)
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a collection of descriptions of, or stories about, various types of animal, especially one written in the Middle Ages Word Originmid 19th cent.: from medieval Latin bestiarium, from Latin bestia ‘beast’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bestiary