beal

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See also: Beal and béal

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beel, bele, from Old English bȳle, bȳle (boil, carbuncle, bile), from Proto-Germanic *būlijǭ (swelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (to swell, be strong or numerous). Cognate with German Beule (boil). More at boil.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beal (plural beals)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) A small inflammatory tumor; pustule.

Verb[edit]

beal (third-person singular simple present beals, present participle bealing, simple past and past participle bealed)

  1. (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To gather matter; swell; come to a head, as a pimple; fester; suppurate.

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin bellus, whence Old French biau

Adjective[edit]

beal m (feminine beale)

  1. beautiful; handsome; attractive, pleasing to the eye

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