noun, plural bes·ti·ar·ies.
Origin of bestiary
Examples from the Web for bestiary
This theme is found in the Physiologus, a 256 medieval bestiary.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
For the structure of this verse, see p. 327; the following is a restoration and scansion of the passages in the Bestiary.
A Bestiary of the beginning of the thirteenth century, enriched with many very curious paintings upon a ground of brilliant gold.Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867|William Dunn Macray
The author of the Bestiary was acquainted with one or both of these.
Bestiary, a name given to a class of books treating of animals, viewed allegorically.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
noun plural -aries
"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."