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encyclopedia

noun [C] (also encyclopaedia) uk   us   /ɪnˌsaɪ.kləˈpiː.di.ə/
a book or set of books containing many articles arranged in alphabetical order that deal either with the whole of human knowledge or with a particular part of it, or a similar set of articles on the internet: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
Translations of “encyclopedia”
in Arabic مَوسوعة…
in Korean 백과사전…
in Malaysian ensiklopedia…
in Turkish ansiklopedi…
in Italian enciclopedia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 百科全書, (某一學科的)百科全書,大全…
in Russian энциклопедия…
in Polish encyklopedia…
in Vietnamese bách khoa toàn thư…
in Spanish enciclopedia…
in Portuguese enciclopédia…
in Thai สารานุกรม…
in Catalan enciclopèdia…
in Japanese 百科事典…
in Indonesian ensiklopedi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 百科全书, (某一学科的)百科全书,大全…
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