bestiary

Detail from the medieval Aberdeen Bestiary.pl. n. bestiaries
1. n., in general use, a medieval book or document detailing the appearance and habits of real or imaginary animals, usu. with a moral or allegorical message; Medieval Latin bestiarium, from bestia “beasts”; c. 1840.
2. any dictionary-like or encyclopedic book describing mythological beasts or monsters.

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