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  • noun archaic The circle or compass of the arts and sciences (originally, of the seven so-called liberal arts and sciences); circle of human knowledge.
  • noun archaic An encyclopedia.

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  • noun a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek circle + the bringing up of a child, education, erudition. See cycle, and compare encyclopedia, pedagogue.

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