Bodleian

[bod-lee-uh n, bod-lee-]
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noun

the library of Oxford University, reestablished by Sir Thomas Bodley, 1545–1613, English diplomat and scholar.

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to this library.

Origin of Bodleian

after Sir Thomas Bodley; see -an
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Bodleian

noun

the principal library of Oxford University: a copyright deposit library

Word Origin for Bodleian

C17: named after Sir Thomas Bodley (1545–1613), English scholar who founded it in 1602
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Word Origin and History for bodleian

Bodleian

from Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613), who in 1597 refounded the library at Oxford University.

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