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BELDAM (like " belsire.," grandfather...

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 663 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BELDAM (like " belsire.," grandfather, from the Fr. bel, good, expressing relationship; cf. the Fr. belle-mere, mother-in-law, and dame, in Eng. form " dam," mother), strictly a grandmother or remote ancestress, and so an old woman; generally used contemptuously as meaning an old hag.
End of Article: BELDAM (like " belsire.," grandfather, from the Fr. bel, good, expressing relationship; cf. the Fr. belle-mere, mother-in-law, and dame, in Eng. form " dam," mother)
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