a type of medieval natural history book with descriptions and moralistic and religious interpretations of actual and mythical animals
Origin of bestiaryMedieval Latin bestiarium ; from Classical Latin bestiarius, relating to beasts ; from bestia, beast
A book consisting of a collection of descriptions of real and fabulous animals, often including a moral or allegorical interpretation of each animal's behavior. Bestiaries were particularly popular in medieval Europe.
Origin of bestiaryMedieval Latin bēstiārium, from Latin bēstia, beast.