or en·cy·clo·pae·dic

[ en-sahy-kluh-pee-dik ]
/ ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪk /


pertaining to or of the nature of an encyclopedia; relating to all branches of knowledge.
comprehending a wide variety of information; comprehensive: an encyclopedic memory.
Also en·cy·clo·pe·di·cal, en·cy·clo·pae·di·cal.

Origin of encyclopedic

First recorded in 1815–25; encycloped(ia) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM encyclopedic

en·cy·clo·pe·di·cal·ly, en·cy·clo·pae·di·cal·ly, adverbnon·en·cy·clo·pae·dic, adjectivenon·en·cy·clo·pe·dic, adjectivenon·en·cy·clo·pe·di·cal, adjective
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/ (ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪk) /


of, characteristic of, or relating to an encyclopedia
covering a wide range of knowledge; comprehensive

Derived forms of encyclopedic

encyclopedically or encyclopaedically, adverb
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