bestiaries


bestiaries
n. allegorical work on animal habits

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Bestiaries — • Medieval books on animals, in which the real or fabulous characteristics of actually existent or imaginary animals (such as the griffin, dragon, siren, unicorn, etc.) were figuratively treated as religious symbols of Christ, the devil, the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • List of medieval bestiaries — This is a list of mediæval bestiaries. The bestiary form is commonly divided into families, as proposed in 1928 by M. R. James and revised by Florence McCulloch in 1959 1962. Latin bestiaries First family These appeared in the 10th 13th century… …   Wikipedia

  • bestiary —    Bestiaries were popular medieval collections of descriptions and anecdotes of both real and mythical animals, accompanied by moral commentary that gave a Christian interpretation to the animal’s stated qualities. The view behind the format of… …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature

  • Bestiary — A bestiary, or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts. 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… …   Wikipedia

  • bestiary — bestiarist /bes chee euhr ist, cheuhr , bees /, n. /bes chee er ee, bees /, n., pl. bestiaries. a collection of moralized fables, esp. as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals. [1615 25; < ML bestiarium, neut. of L… …   Universalium

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  • List of species in fantasy fiction — Fantasy fiction tends to draw upon a common set of creatures that are easily recognizable to fans of the fantastic genre and have some pre determined traits. Most are based on mythology, legends, fairy tales, or classical literature. ( For such… …   Wikipedia

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  • Salamander (legendary creature) — This article is about the legendary creature; for the amphibian, see Salamander. The salamander is an amphibian of the order Urodela. As with many real creatures, pre modern authors often ascribed fantastic qualities to it (compare the… …   Wikipedia

  • Bestiario — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Bestiario (desambiguación). «El leopardo» del Bestiario de Rochester (siglo XIII). Un bestiario (o Bestiarum vocabulum) es un …   Wikipedia Español


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