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Beatrice

[ bee-uh-tris, bee-tris for 1, 3; bee-a-tris for 2; for 1, 3 also Italian be-ah-tree-che ]
/ ˈbi ə trɪs, ˈbi trɪs for 1, 3; biˈæ trɪs for 2; for 1, 3 also Italian ˌbɛ ɑˈtri tʃɛ /
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noun

(in Dante's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) a symbolic figure developed from the person whom Dante first saw as a child and loved as an ideal of womanhood.
a city in SE Nebraska.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”

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