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English definition of “bestiary”

bestiary

noun [C]     /ˈbes.ti.ə.ri/ US  /-er.i/
a book written in the Middle Ages containing descriptions of real and imaginary animals , intended to teach morals and to entertain Middle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500Kinds of books
(Definition of bestiary noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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