Origin: Midieval Latin bestiarium ; from Classical Latin bestiarius, relating to beasts ; from bestia, beast
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noun pl. bes·ti·ar·ies
- 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.
- A modern version of such a collection.
Origin: Medieval Latin bēstiārium, from Latin bēstia, beast.