beadsman

beadsman

[beedz-muhn]
noun, plural beadsmen. Archaic.
1.
a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
2.
an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.

Origin:
1200–50; bead's man man of prayer; replacing Middle English bedeman. See bead, 's1, man1

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beadsman or bedesman (ˈbiːdzmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
2.  a person kept in an almshouse
 
bedesman or bedesman
 
n

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