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beesome (plural beesomes)

  1. Obsolete form of besom.
    • 1882, Blackford Condit, The history of the English Bible: extending from earliest Saxon Translations, page 288:
      "The Bishops' Bible, however, has its share of obsolete words, such as beesome, broom [] "
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, page 104:
      "Hereupon she took her stick of before, and making therewith a Circle, the wind rose forthwith: then taking a beesome, she swept over the Circle, and made another; and looking in her book and glass as formerly, and using some words softly to her self, she flood in the Circle and said, Belzebub, Tormentor, Lucifer and Satan appear."
    • 1636, Henry Peacham:, Coach and Sedan:
      " [] as some in frostie weather to gather Dogwood for Butchers, to get burch and broome for beesomes, and sometimes to catch birdes with lime, or set springes in the marshes for water fowle, honest shifts, it is true, in necessitie."


beesome (comparative more beesome, superlative most beesome)

  1. (obsolete) bisson
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tragedie of Coriolanus, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies:
      What harme can your beesome Conspectuities gleane out of this Charracter, if I be knowne well enough too?