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noun

a book containing useful facts or specially organized information, as an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, yearbook, etc.
Also called pass, passbook. South African. a domestic identity document formerly required to be carried by Black citizens.

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Origin of reference book

First recorded in 1885–90
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reference book

noun

a book, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, etc, from which information may be obtained
Southern African another name for passbook (def. 4)
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