Definitions for bestiary
ˈbɛs tʃiˌɛr i, ˈbis-bes·tia·ry
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a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
A medieval treatise of various real or imaginary animals.
Etymology: From bestiaire, from bestia (whence English beast).
A bestiary (from bestiarum vocabulum) is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. This reflected the belief that the world itself was the Word of God and that every living thing had its own special meaning. For example, the pelican, which was believed to tear open its breast to bring its young to life with its own blood, was a living representation of Jesus. Thus the bestiary is also a reference to the symbolic language of animals in Western Christian art and literature.
A bestiary is a descriptive or anecdotal book about various kinds of animals, especially a medieval work with a moral or religious focus. The animals in a bestiary are often real or mythical creatures, and their characteristics or attributes are described with symbolic or allegorical interpretations.
A bestiary, or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the Ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals, birds and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. This reflected the belief that the world itself was the Word of God, and that every living thing had its own special meaning. For example, the pelican, which was believed to tear open its breast to bring its young to life with its own blood, was a living representation of Jesus. The bestiary, then, is also a reference to the symbolic language of animals in Western Christian art and literature.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
best′i-ar-i, n. the name given to a class of books of great popularity in the Middle Ages, describing all the animals of creation, real or fabled, generally illustrated by drawings, and allegorised for edification. [Low L. bestiarium, a menagerie.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a name given to a class of books treating of animals, viewed allegorically.
Bestiary's modern use is a disapproving or mocking collection of notable people or things.
'Any such rule would only add to what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once described as the “bestiary of ad hoc tests” under the "Imaginary Commerce Clause".'
Etymology: From the medieval usage
Submitted by rpmhm0 on October 7, 2022
The numerical value of bestiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of bestiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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