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 Belcher.Bele’ses (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beldam.
 
An old woman; literally, a grandmother. The French also use bel age for old age.   1
       
“Old men and beldames in the streets
Do prophesy upon it dangerously.”
       
Shakespeare: King John, iv. 2.
 


 Belcher.Bele’ses (3 syl.). 

 
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