A bestiary of the beginning of the thirteenth century, enriched with many very curious paintings upon a ground of brilliant gold.
The author of the bestiary was acquainted with one or both of these.
This theme is found in the Physiologus, a 256 medieval bestiary.
For the structure of this verse, see p. 327; the following is a restoration and scansion of the passages in the bestiary.
bestiary, a name given to a class of books treating of animals, viewed allegorically.
"medieval treatise on beasts" usually with moralistic overtones, 1818, from Medieval Latin bestiarium "a menagerie," also "a book about animals", from bestia (see beast). A Latin term for such works was liber de bestiis compositus. Roman bestiarius meant "a fighter against beasts in the public entertainments."