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begging bowl

a bowl carried by a beggar, esp a Franciscan or other friar or a Buddhist monk, to receive food or alms
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  • Shaven-headed swamis appeared by the thousands, ocher-robed and carrying their bamboo staff and begging bowl.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • They are seen everywhere, going about in the early morning with a begging bowl; they are ever courteous and apparently well bred.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • The servants of the house brought rice and would have put it into her begging bowl, but the child said, Let me give.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • With the jewel that was in her left hand she touched his rice-straw hat and his staff and his rosary and his begging bowl.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • Passing a bridge on the bank of the Ganges, I noticed an acquaintance standing near-by, his begging bowl extended.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • He came with begging bowl in hand, to beg of the king; for of what use is sacrifice unless something be given at the sacrifice?

    Avatras Annie Besant

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