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bellarmine

[ bel-ahr-meen, bel-ahr-meen, -er- ]
/ ˌbɛl ɑrˈmin, ˈbɛl ɑrˌmin, -ər- /
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noun
a fat, narrow-necked stoneware bottle of the 16th and 17th centuries, ornamented with a bearded mask.
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Also called graybeard, longbeard.

Origin of bellarmine

1710–20; named after Cardinal Bellarmino (1542–1621), Italian churchman, the object of the caricature on the bottle
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British Dictionary definitions for bellarmine (1 of 2)

bellarmine
/ (ˈbɛlɑːˌmiːn) /

noun
a large stoneware or earthenware jug for ale or spirits, bearing a bearded mask

Word Origin for bellarmine

C18: named after Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal, whom these jugs were intended to caricature

British Dictionary definitions for bellarmine (2 of 2)

Bellarmine
/ (ˈbɛlɑːˌmiːn) /

noun
Saint Robert . 1542–1621, Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal; an important influence during the Counter-Reformation
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