- a bowl carried by a beggar, esp a Franciscan or other friar or a Buddhist monk, to receive food or alms
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Examples from the Web for begging bowl
The yellow-robed priest with his begging-bowl is everywhere present.The Old World and Its Ways
William Jennings Bryan
Yet, instead of going out at once with the begging-bowl, he stayed his stomach on slabs of cold rice till the full dawn.
He went out to levy on the village—not with a begging-bowl, which might do for down-country, but in the manner of a prince.
These did reverence to the holy men and put their modest offerings of copper coins or food into Muriel's begging-bowl.The Jungle Girl
These men have a dilaq, a staff, and a begging-bowl, and travel all about the country begging.Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier
T. L. Pennell