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[hi-stawr-ee-ey-tid, -stohr-] /hɪˈstɔr iˌeɪ tɪd, -ˈstoʊr-/
(especially of initial letters on an illuminated manuscript) decorated with animals, flowers, or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose. Unabridged
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  • These initials (when not historiated with little miniatures) were painted in colour upon a ground usually of gold.

    Palaeography Bernard Quaritch
  • It should be said, however, that his “historiated” or pictorial capitals are apparently original and mostly good.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for historiated


decorated with flowers or animals Also storiated
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin historiāre to tell a story in pictures, from Latin historia story
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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