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From Middle English bible, from Middle Latin biblia ‎(book) (misinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia ‎(books)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία ‎(biblía, books), plural of βιβλίον ‎(biblíon, small book), originally a diminutive of βίβλος ‎(bíblos, book), from βύβλος ‎(búblos, papyrus) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

Old English used biblioþēce (from βιβλιοθήκη) and ġewritu (> English writs) for "the Scriptures".



bible ‎(plural bibles)

  1. A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman’s bible).
    • 1995, Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine
      Computer Lib was written as a popular primer, but its most profound effect was on computer programmers, who needed little persuasion about the value of computers. Its tone – energetic, optimistic, inexhaustible, confused – matched theirs exactly. Having set out to appeal to the general public, Nelson managed to publish an insider's bible and highly intimate guide to hacker culture.
  2. (nautical) A holystone.


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bible f

  1. Bible

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  • bible in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • bible in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989



bible f ‎(plural bibles)

  1. bible (comprehensive text)

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