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[bih-sprent] /bɪˈsprɛnt/
adjective, Archaic.
besprinkled; bestrewn.
Origin of besprent
1325-75; Middle English bespre(y)nt, past participle of besprengen, Old English besprengan, equivalent to be- be- + sprengan to sprinkle, akin to spring Unabridged
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  • The books at Saint-Cyr were stamped with a crowned cross, besprent with fleurs-de-lys.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • What beckoning ghost, besprent with April dew, Hails me so solemnly to yonder yew?

    Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell
  • And he rode a great white mare, whose bases and other housings were black, but all besprent with fair lilys of silver sheen.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • He was a gay fellow, with ever a song in's mouth, but for all that, his dwelling that night was besprent with tears and wailing.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • Trembling and sad he stood beside the door— Pale as a spectre, and besprent with gore!

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
  • Not show the Sunday promenaders too, how steel glitters, besprent with blood; that it be told of, and men's ears tingle?

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for besprent


(poetic) sprinkled over
Word Origin
C14: past participle of Old English besprengan to besprinkle
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