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besom

[ bee-zuhm ]
/ ˈbi zəm /
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noun

a broom, especially one of brush or twigs.

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Origin of besom

before 1000; Middle English besem,Old English bes(e)ma; cognate with Dutch bezem,German Besen
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British Dictionary definitions for besom (1 of 2)

besom1
/ (ˈbiːzəm) /

noun

a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
curling a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther

verb (tr)

to sweep with a besom

Word Origin for besom

Old English besma; related to Old High German besmo broom

British Dictionary definitions for besom (2 of 2)

besom2
/ (ˈbɪzəm, ˈbizəm) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a derogatory term for a woman

Word Origin for besom

perhaps from Old English bysen example; related to Old Norse bysn wonder
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