Books, popular in Middle Ages, which described animals (real and imaginary; often with illustrations) in verse or prose with added moral and religious lessons; developed from the Hexaëmeron of Ambrose, Etymology of Isidore, and writings of Rabanus* Maurus. Much of the material comes from Aristotle, Pliny, and Solinus. Medieval Lat. bestiaries are traced to the earlier Gk. Physiologus (Naturalist). Animals described in these bestiaries are often used in ch. architecture.
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