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encyclopedia

noun [C] uk ( also encyclopaedia)   /ɪnˌsaɪ.kləˈpiː.di.ə/ us  
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 Spanish enciclopedia…
in Korean 백과사전…
in Arabic مَوسوعة…
in Portuguese enciclopédia…
in Catalan enciclopèdia…
in Japanese 百科事典…
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 Turkish ansiklopedi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 百科全书, (某一学科的)百科全书,大全…
in Polish encyklopedia…
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