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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bestiary  \Bes"ti*a*ry\,  n.  [LL.  bestiarium  fr  L.  bestiarius 
  pert.  to  beasts,  fr  bestia  beast:  cf  F.  bestiaire.] 
  A  treatise  on  beasts;  esp.,  one  of  the  moralizing  or 
  allegorical  beast  tales  written  in  the  Middle  Ages. 
 
  A  bestiary  .  .  .  in  itself  one  of  the  numerous 
  medi[ae]val  renderings  of  the  fantastic  mystical 
  zo["o]logy.  --Saintsbury. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bestiary 
  n  :  a  medieval  book  (usually  illustrated)  with  allegorical  and 
  amusing  descriptions  of  real  and  fabled  animals 




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