bestiary

[ bes-chee-er-ee, bees- ]
/ ˈbɛs tʃiˌɛr i, ˈbis- /

noun, plural bes·ti·ar·ies.

a collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals.

Origin of bestiary

1615–25; < Medieval Latin bēstiārium, neuter of Latin bēstiārius. See beast, -ary

Related forms

bes·ti·a·rist [bes-chee-er-ist, -cher-, bees-] /ˈbɛs tʃi ər ɪst, -tʃər-, ˈbis-/, noun
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bestiary

/ (ˈbɛstɪərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a moralizing medieval collection of descriptions (and often illustrations) of real and mythical animals
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