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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin biblia, from Greek, plural of biblion 'book', from byblos 'papyrus' (from which paper was made)

bible

noun
     
bible
biā€§ble , Bible
1

the Bible

RRC the holy book of the Christian religion, consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament
2 [countable]RRC a copy of the Bible
3 [singular] informalTCN the most useful and important book on a particular subject:
It's the anatomy student's bible!

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