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Noun: encyclopaedia  en,sI-klu'pee-dee-u or in,sI-klu'pee-dee-u
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: encyclopedia)
  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 speciality
    "reference to an encyclopaedia produced the answer";
    - encyclopedia, cyclopedia [archaic], cyclopaedia [archaic]

Derived forms: encyclopaedias

Type of: book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work

Encyclopedia: Encyclopaedia