American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A medieval collection of stories providing physical and allegorical descriptions of real or imaginary animals along with an interpretation of the moral significance each animal was thought to embody. A number of common misconceptions relating to natural history were preserved in these popular accounts.
- n. A modern version of such a collection.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fighter with wild beasts in the ancient Roman amphitheater.
- n. A name formerly sometimes given to a book treating of animals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A treatise on beasts; esp., one of the moralizing or allegorical beast tales written in the Middle Ages.
- n. a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
- From French bestiaire, from Latin bēstia ("beast, animal") (whence English beast). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin bēstiārium, from Latin bēstia, beast. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And according to Medieval Folklore, an early Syrian [bestiary] is quite explicit: The unicorn approaches the virgin, 'throwing himself upon her.”
“This bestiary is included in the second section of 45 Mercy Street, first published in 1976, two years after Sexton’s suicide.”
“So I wound up calling it a bestiary, which is just a book in which animals do things that people do.”
“Ross: A bestiary is a "book of beasts," a collection of stories giving allegorical descriptions of animal behavior.”
“The bestiary really was the key element of the manuscript that intrigued me the most, not just because it has all these unpublished texts that are scholarly, but a bestiary is a book that is concerned with the symbolic meanings of animals," Gwara said.”
“Modern Jaguars still belong to what Roland Barthes calls the bestiary of power’, but they have evolved from a primitive to a classical form, a process first described in Barthes’s essay on the new Citron DS, written when it made its first dramatic appearance at the Paris Motor Show in 1955.”
“Once I'd waded through some rather peculiar photos and considered changing my plans from going to the zoo to seeing an altogether different kind of bestiary, I was quickly interrogating people about places to go and things to do.”
“Arguably a step better than the bestiary of existing capital-like debt at the top of this note.”
“Timothy Beal examined the monsters of the Hebrew Bible and found a bestiary of terrifying creatures.”
“** As part of the program, this year's students will illustrate the fantastic beasts in our bestiary, so be sure to return at the end of the summer to see what they've done!”
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Have I made this list before? Has someone else collected these words together? I can't remember, so I'm just going to start storing some things here.
words on words. yyep.
For those who wish no words were ever forgotten
pleasing words I encounter whilst reading umberto eco's novel of the same name.
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