from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A book used in schools or colleges for the formal study of a subject.
  • adjective Being a characteristic example of its kind; classic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A coursebook, a formal manual of instruction in a specific subject, especially one for use in schools or colleges.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to textbooks or their style, especially in being dry and pedagogical; textbooky, textbooklike.
  • adjective Having the typical characteristics of some class of phenomenon, so that it might be included as an example in a textbook.


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