A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.
[Medieval Latin encyclopaedia
, general education course, from alteration of
Greek enkuklios paideia
, general education : enkuklios
, circular, general; see ENCYCLICAL
, education (from pais, paid-
, child; see pau-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
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