besom

besom

[bee-zuhm]
noun
1.
a broom, especially one of brush or twigs.
2.
broom ( def 2 ).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English besem, Old English bes(e)ma; cognate with Dutch bezem, German Besen

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besom1 (ˈbiːzəm)
 
n
1.  a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
2.  curling a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther
 
vb
3.  to sweep with a besom
 
[Old English besma; related to Old High German besmo broom]

besom2 (ˈbɪzəm, ˈbizəm)
 
n
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a derogatory term for a woman
 
[perhaps from Old English bysen example; related to Old Norse bysn wonder]

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besom
O.E. besma "bundle of twigs" (used as a broom or a flail), from W.Gmc. *besmon (cf. O.Fris. besma, Ger. Besen, Du. bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps "something bound or twisted," from PIE *bheidh-.
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Besom definition


the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning sweeper, occurs only in Isa. 14:23, of the sweeping away, the utter ruin, of Babylon.

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