bellarmine

bellarmine

[bel-ahr-meen, bel-ahr-meen, -er-]
noun
a fat, narrow-necked stoneware bottle of the 16th and 17th centuries, ornamented with a bearded mask.
Also called graybeard, longbeard.


Origin:
1710–20; named after Cardinal Bellarmino (1542–1621), Italian churchman, the object of the caricature on the bottle

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bellarmine (ˈbɛlɑːˌmiːn)
 
n
a large stoneware or earthenware jug for ale or spirits, bearing a bearded mask
 
[C18: named after Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542--1621), Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal, whom these jugs were intended to caricature]

Bellarmine (ˈbɛlɑːˌmiːn)
 
n
Saint Robert. 1542--1621, Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal; an important influence during the Counter-Reformation

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