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 Bed’iver.Bed’lamite (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bedlam.
 
A lunatic asylum or madhouse; a contraction for Bethlehem, the name of a religious house in London, converted into a hospital for lunatics.   1
   Tom o’ Bedlam. (See TOM.)   2
        St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, was founded as a priory in 1247, and in 1547 it was given to the mayor and corporation of London, and incorporated as a royal foundation for lunatics.
 


 Bed’iver.Bed’lamite (3 syl.). 

 
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