beldam

[ bel-duhm, -dam ]
/ ˈbɛl dəm, -dæm /

noun

an old woman, especially an ugly one; hag.
Obsolete. grandmother.

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Also bel·dame [bel-duhm, -deym]. /ˈbɛl dəm, -ˌdeɪm/.

Origin of beldam

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, equivalent to bel- “grand-” (from Middle French bel, belle “fine, good-looking”) + dam “mother”; see beau, belle, dam2
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beldam

beldame

/ (ˈbɛldəm) /

noun

archaic an old woman, esp an ugly or malicious one; hag
an obsolete word for grandmother

Word Origin for beldam

C15: from bel- grand (as in grandmother), from Old French bel beautiful, from Latin bellus + dam mother, variant of dame
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