Merriam-Webster's visual dictionary / Jean-Claude Corbeil, Ariane Archambault.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Over 20,000 words in the English language are grouped into similar categories--such as astronomy, house, human being, plants, and society--and explained using detailed, labeled illustrations.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • Other Titles:
      Visuel définitions. English
    • ISBN:
      9780877790518 : HRD
      0877790515 : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2007 April #2

Merriam-Webster's version of a visual dictionary comes from the same team responsible for the Firefly Visual Dictionary (2000) and looks almost identical to that earlier work. The big change here is that "real dictionary definitions" have been added, so that when we are shown a labeled picture of an arcade or a bobsled, we can read a definition as well. Some 6,000 pieces of artwork and 20,000 terms are grouped under 17 general categories. DK's Visual Dictionary groups 30,000 terms under 14 headings and uses primarily photographs (6,000 of them) plus 1,000 illustrations. The DK dictionary has a more sumptuous look, but some of the entries, such as those for the densely labeled "Competition Motorcycles" and "A Ship of the Line," can be confusing. If a library has to choose, it's the difference between stilettos and sensible shoes. DK is sexier, but Merriam-Webster, with its clear illustrations and added definitions, is probably a better educational tool. ((Reviewed April 15, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2006 November #1

If you don't know the name of the part of an umbrella that pokes out the top (ferrule) or the name for the ribs on a spark plug (spline), or should the day come when people wonder what that dish was called that people who smoked cigarettes used (ashtray), then a visual dictionary is the ready-reference book of choice. There are dozens of competing visual dictionaries out there (e.g., The Firefly Visual Dictionary and The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary ), some of which are very good. Merriam Webster's belongs in the top rank. It doesn't offer multiple languages, but it does include clear, excellent color pictures of the items being described. There are over 6000 color illustrations and more than 20,000 definitions, as well as a color-coded thumb index. Bottom Line Logically organized into 17 broad categories (e.g., astronomy, humans, animals, clothing, and society), with numerous subcategories to make finding the needed terms easy, this is the only visual dictionary that includes definitions with the terms. And its price is very reasonable for such a substantial book. Essential.â€"Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL

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