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noun, plural bib·li·o·the·cas, bib·li·o·the·cae [bib-lee-uh-thee-kee] /ˌbɪb li əˈθi ki/.
  1. a collection of books; a library.
  2. a list of books, especially a bookseller's catalog.
  3. Obsolete. the Bible.

Origin of bibliotheca

1820–25; < Latin: library, collection of books (Medieval Latin: Bible; compare Old English bibliothēce Bible) < Greek bibliothḗkē. See biblio-, theca
Related formsbib·li·o·the·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bibliotheca

study, athenaeum, atheneum, bibliotheca

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noun plural -cas or -cae (-kiː)
  1. a library or collection of books
  2. a printed catalogue compiled by a bibliographer

Word Origin for bibliotheca

Latin: library, from Greek bibliothēkē, from biblio- + thēkē receptacle
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Word Origin and History for bibliotheca

see bibliothek.

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