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beadhouse

[beed-hous] /ˈbidˌhaʊs/
noun, plural beadhouses
[beed-hou-ziz] /ˈbidˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(formerly) an almshouse in which the residents were required to pray for the founder.
Also, bedehouse.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see bead, house
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