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encyclopedia (noun) – A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1530s, “general course of instruction,” from Modern Latin encyclopaedia (circa 1500), thought to be a false reading by Latin authors of Greek enkyklios paideia taken as “general education,” but literally “training in a circle,” i.e. the “circle” of arts and sciences, the essentials of a liberal education; from enkyklios “circular,” also “general” (from en “in;” + kyklos “circle;” from PIE root *kwel- (1) “revolve, move round”) + paideia “education, child-rearing,” from pais (genitive paidos) “child”.

Modern sense of “reference work arranged alphabetically” is from 1640s, often applied specifically to the French “Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts, et des Métiers” (1751-65).


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