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billy

[bil-ee]
noun, plural billies.
1.
Also called billy club. a police officer's club or baton.
2.
a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel.
3.
Scot. Dialect, comrade.
4.
Also called billycan [bil-ee-kan] . Australian. any container in which water may be carried and boiled over a campfire, ranging from a makeshift tin can to a special earthenware kettle; any pot or kettle in which tea is boiled over a campfire.
5.
Textiles. (in Great Britain) a roving machine.

Origin:
perhaps all independently derived generic uses of Billy (male name); for Australian sense compare Scots dialect billy-pot cooking pot

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billy1 (ˈbɪlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
(US), (Canadian) a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
 
[C19: special use of the name Billy, pet form of William]

billy or billycan2 (ˈbɪlɪ, ˈbɪlɪˌkæn)
 
n , pl -lies, -lycans
1.  a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
2.  (Austral), (NZ) (as modifier): billy-tea
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) to make tea
 
[C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel]
 
billycan or billycan2
 
n
 
[C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel]

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billy
"club," 1848, Amer.Eng., originally burglars' slang for "crowbar;" meaning "policeman's club" first recorded 1856, probably from nickname of William, applied to various objects (cf. jack, jimmy, jenny).
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Bishop Bish·op (bĭsh'əp), J. Michael. Born 1936.

American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.

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Bishop   (bĭsh'əp)  Pronunciation Key 
American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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In some Christian churches, a person appointed to oversee a group of priests or ministers and their congregations. In the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, bishops are considered the successors of the Twelve Apostles.

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