n. pl. i·co·nog·ra·phies
a. Pictorial illustration of a subject.
b. The collected representations illustrating a subject.
2. A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art.
3. A treatise or book dealing with iconography.
[Late Latin īconographia, description, verbal sketch, from Medieval Greek eikonographiā : eikono-, icono- + -graphiā, -graphy.]
i·con′o·graphic (ī-kŏn′ə-grăfĭk), i·con′o·graphi·cal adj.
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