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bidet

[bee-dey, bih-det] /biˈdeɪ, bɪˈdɛt/
noun
1.
a low, basinlike bathroom fixture, usually with spigots, used for bathing the genital and perineal areas.
2.
a small saddle horse.
Origin of bidet
1620-1630
1620-30; < Middle French: pony; akin to Old French bider to trot
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  • bidet, writing in 1759, foreshadows the misery which marked the last thirty years of the ancien rgime.

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  • So La Fleur got off him, and giving him a good sound lash, the bidet took me at my word, and away he scampered back to Montriul.

British Dictionary definitions for bidet

bidet

/ˈbiːdeɪ/
noun
1.
a small low basin for washing the genitals and anal area
Word Origin
C17: from French: small horse, probably from Old French bider to trot
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Word Origin and History for bidet
n.

1620s, "small horse," from French bidet (16c.), of unknown etymology. Originally in French "a small horse, a pony," thus "a vessel on a low narrow stand, which can be bestridden for bathing purposes," a sense attested in English from 1766.

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