bible

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Etymology[edit]

English from the 14th century, from Middle Latin biblia (book) (reinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (books)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblia, books), plural of βιβλίον (biblion, small book), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (biblos, book), from βύβλος (bublos, papyrus) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

Old English used biblioðece (from βιβλιοθήκη) for "the Scriptures".

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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 f (plural bibles)

  1. bible (comprehensive text)

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