Wiktionary:Webster 1913/138

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berbe

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cf. Berber, Barb a Barbary horse.

  1. (Zoöl.): An African genet (Genetta pardina). See Genet.

berberry

Noun[edit]

  1. See Barberry.

berdash

  1. ,

Noun[edit]

A kind of neckcloth. [Obs.]

    • A treatise against the cravat and berdash.

Steele.

bere

  1. ,

Transitive verb[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cf. OIcel. <ets>berja</ets> to strike. To pierce. [Obs.] Chaucer.

bere

  1. ,

Noun[edit]

See Bear, barley. [Scot.]

bereave

(),

Transitive verb[edit]

[Imperfect and past participle: bereaved (), bereft ();
Present participle: <er>Bereaving.</er>]

Etymology[edit]

OE. <ets>bireven</ets>, AS. <ets>bereáfian</ets>. See <er>Be-</er>, and <er>Reave.</er>

  1. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before the person or thing taken away.
    • Madam, you have bereft me of all words. Shak.
    • Bereft of him who taught me how to sing. Tickell.
  2. To take away from. [Obs.]
    • All your interest in those territories

Is utterly bereft you; all is lost. Shak.

  1. To take away. [Obs.]
    • Shall move you to bereave my life. Marlowe.

&hand; The imp. and past pple. form bereaved is not used in reference to immaterial objects. We say bereaved or bereft by death of a relative, bereft of hope and strength.

<syn>Syn. -- To dispossess; to divest.</syn>

bereavement

Noun[edit]

  1. The state of being bereaved; deprivation; esp., the loss of a relative by death.

bereaver

Noun[edit]

  1. One who bereaves.

bereft

Imperfect and past participle:

  1. of Bereave.

beretta

Noun[edit]

  1. Same as Berretta.

berg

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

&root;95. See Barrow hill, and cf. Iceberg.

  1. A large mass or hill, as of ice.
    • Glittering bergs of ice. Tennyson.

bergander

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Berg, for burrow + gander a male goose ? Cf. G. bergente, Dan. gravgaas.

  1. (Zoöl.): A European duck (<spn>Anas tadorna</spn>). See Sheldrake.

bergeret

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

OF. bergerete, F. berger a shepherd.

  1. A pastoral song. [Obs.]

bergh

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

AS. beorg.

  1. A hill. [Obs.]

bergmaster

Noun[edit]

  1. See Barmaster.

bergmeal

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

G. berg mountain + mehl meal.

  1. (Min.) An earthy substance, resembling fine flour. It is composed of the shells of infusoria, and in Lapland and Sweden is sometimes eaten, mixed with flour or ground birch bark, in times of scarcity. This name is also given to a white powdery variety of calcite.

bergmote

Noun[edit]

  1. See barmote.

bergomask

Noun[edit]

  1. A rustic dance, so called in ridicule of the people of Bergamo, in Italy, once noted for their clownishness.

bergylt

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Etymol. uncertain.

  1. (Zoöl.): The Norway haddock. See Rosefish.

berime

Transitive verb[edit]

  1. To berhyme. [The earlier and etymologically preferable spelling.]

berlin

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  1. A four-wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at Berlin.
  2. Fine worsted for fancy-work; zephyr worsted; -- called also Berlin wool.

<cs><col>Berlin black</col>, <cd>a black varnish, drying with almost a dead surface; -- used for coating the better kinds of ironware.</cd> Ure. -- <col>Berlin iron</col>, <cd>a very fusible variety of cast iron, from which figures and other delicate articles are manufactured. These are often stained or lacquered in imitation of bronze.</cd> -- <col>Berlin shop</col>, <cd>a shop for the sale of worsted embroidery and the materials for such work.</cd> -- <col>Berlin work</col>, <cd>worsted embroidery.</cd></cs>

bertram

Noun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Corrupted from L. <ets>pyrethrum</ets>, Gr. <ets></ets> a hot spicy plant, from <ets></ets> fire.

  1. (Bot.): Pellitory of Spain (<spn>Anacyclus pyrethrum</spn>).