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besom

[bee-zuh m] /ˈbi zəm/
noun
1.
a broom, especially one of brush or twigs.
2.
broom (def 2).
Origin of besom
1000
before 1000; Middle English besem, Old English bes(e)ma; cognate with Dutch bezem, German Besen
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besom1

/ˈbiːzəm/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
3.
to sweep with a besom
Word Origin
Old English besma; related to Old High German besmo broom

besom2

/ˈbɪzəm; ˈbizəm/
noun
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a derogatory term for a woman
Word Origin
perhaps from Old English bysen example; related to Old Norse bysn wonder
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Word Origin and History for besom
n.

Old English besma "bundle of twigs" (used as a broom or a flail), from West Germanic *besmon (cf. Old Frisian besma, Old Saxon besmo, Old High German besmo, German Besen, Dutch bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps "something bound or twisted," from PIE *bheidh-.

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