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Bluebeard

[bloo-beerd] /ˈbluˌbɪərd/
noun
1.
a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter.
2.
any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women.
Related forms
Bluebeardism, noun
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Bluebeard

/ˈbluːˌbɪəd/
noun
1.
a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
2.
a man who has had several wives
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A fairy tale character from the Charles Perrault collection. The character is a monstrous villain who marries seven women in turn and warns them not to look behind a certain door of his castle. Inside the room are the corpses of his former wives. Bluebeard kills six wives for their disobedience before one passes his test.

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