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Encyclopedia

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noun


(1)   A reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
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Etymology


From < < < + , from

Noun


  1. A comprehensive reference work with articles on a range of topics.
    I only use the library for the encyclopedia, we've got most other books here.

Usage notes


The spelling encyclopedia is standard in American English, preferred in Canadian English, accepted in Australian and International English, and also very common in British English. It is more common than encyclopaedia, for example, in UK newspapers on Google News in 2009 by a 7:3 margin.

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