(especially of initial letters on an illuminated manuscript) decorated with animals, flowers, or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose.
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decorated with flowers or animalsAlso: storiated
Word Origin for historiated
C19: from Medieval Latin historiāre to tell a story in pictures, from Latin historia story
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