walking encyclopedia

a walking encyclopedia

A person who has a very large and detailed knowledge of a diverse array of facts and who can recite them when asked. Lily's like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to reptiles.

walking encyclopedia

A very knowledgeable person, as in Ask Rob-he's a walking encyclopedia of military history. A similar expression, a walking dictionary, was used by George Chapman in his poem "Tears of Peace" (c. 1600).

walking encyclopedia, a

An extremely knowledgeable individual. The term likens a person to a huge amalgamation of learning. One of the earliest versions of this cliché occurred in the poem “Tears of Peace” by George Chapman (ca. 1559–1634): “And let a scholar all Earth’s volumes carry, He will be but a walking dictionary.” In Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1869) Meg speaks admiringly of a man she considers “a walking encyclopedia.”
See also: walking
References in classic literature ?
Meg liked his quiet manners and considered him a walking encyclopedia of useful knowledge.
She was larger than life, a walking encyclopedia of dance.
He is a walking encyclopedia of culinary information, and most willing to share it.
A walking encyclopedia of Welsh equine bloodlines, Wynne's tales include how, in Libya, he was chauffeured in one of Colonel Gadaffi's government cars and how, on the Brecon Beacons, he combined pony rounding-up duties with cross-country training for his students.
A walking encyclopedia of Welsh equine bloodlines, Wynne has his share of amusing tales, such as the time an escaped stallion swam across the river Usk.
We got a real feel for Tobago with our tour guide Hans Phillips - a walking encyclopedia on all the island's flora and fauna.
True you can do these trails on your own, signing up for a tour with a walking encyclopedia of a guide from Kia Ora Guided City Walks at these biological hotspots adds nuance.
No, we don't mean that you are a walking Encyclopedia Britannica.
Ramona Kenady Lane was a walking encyclopedia of rules and procedures for the Oregon House of Representatives, having served as the chamber's chief clerk for 29 years.
In fact, well into the flight I began to feel sorry for this walking encyclopedia.
Come Friday and you can have all these perplexing questions -- and a lot more -- answered at the innovative session at the InterContinental in Dubai Festival City where the walking encyclopedia of Emirates etiquette, also known as Ali AlSaloom, will take the floor.
Known for his razor sharp intellect, Pranab, a quintessential Congressman, is variously described as a walking encyclopedia, chronicler of Congress history, expert in matters of Constitution and governance and a stickler for rules in Parliament.
Gil, who is considered a walking encyclopedia, wakes up in the small hours of the night and reviews all of the world's important newspaper and websites in search of interesting and special items.
She learned a great deal from Irina Kolpakova, whom she calls "a walking encyclopedia of Vaganova.