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bellows

[bel-ohz, -uhz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.
2.
anything resembling or suggesting bellows in form, as the collapsible part of a camera or enlarger.
3.
the lungs.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English bel(o)wes (plural), Old English belg, short for blǣst belg, plural belgas blast-bag; cognate with Dutch blaasbalg, German Blasebalg, Old Norse belgr. See belly

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bellows (ˈbɛləʊz)
 
n
1.  Also called: pair of bellows an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a stream of air, as for producing a draught for a fire or for sounding organ pipes
2.  photog a telescopic light-tight sleeve, connecting the lens system of some cameras to the body of the instrument
3.  a flexible corrugated element used as an expansion joint, pump, or means of transmitting axial motion
 
[C16: from plural of Old English beligbelly]

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bellows
c.1200, belwes pl. of belu, belw, northern form of beli, from late O.E. belg (see belly), reduced from blæstbælg, lit. "blowing bag." Used exclusively in plural since 15c.
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Bellows definition


occurs only in Jer. 6:29, in relation to the casting of metal. Probably they consisted of leather bags similar to those common in Egypt.

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