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[bel-ahr-meen, bel-ahr-meen, -er-]
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  1. a fat, narrow-necked stoneware bottle of the 16th and 17th centuries, ornamented with a bearded mask.
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Origin of bellarmine

1710–20; named after Cardinal Bellarmino (1542–1621), Italian churchman, the object of the caricature on the bottle
Also called graybeard, longbeard.
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  1. a large stoneware or earthenware jug for ale or spirits, bearing a bearded mask
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Word Origin

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


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