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Encyclopaedia Britannica, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishEncyclopaedia Britannica, thethe Encyclopaedia BritannicaEn‧cy‧clo‧pae‧di‧a Bri‧tan‧ni‧ca, the /ɪnˌsaɪkləˌpiːdiə brɪˈtænɪkə/ trademark  an encyclopedia (=a book containing articles about many different subjects), which consists of many volumes (=separate books that are part of a set) and is now also available online and as a DVD. It has been produced for over 200 years, and at one time salesmen used to go to people’s houses to persuade them to buy the books.
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