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whitebeard

[hwahyt-beerd, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌbɪərd, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
an old man, especially one with a white or gray beard.
Origin of whitebeard
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at white, beard
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  • Gunnar asked him what the matter was, and whitebeard gnashed his gums together.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett

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