Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Big-bellied adjective Having a great belly; as, a big-bellied man or flagon; advanced in pregnancy.

Big-wigged adjective characterized by pomposity of manner. [ Eng.]

Bigamous adjective Guilty of bigamy; involving bigamy; as, a bigamous marriage.

Bigamy noun [ Middle English bigamie , from Latin bigamus twice married; bis twice + Greek ... marriage; probably akin to Skt. jāmis related, and Latin gemini twins, the root meaning to bind , join : confer French bigamie . Confer Digamy .] (Law) The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another. Wharton.

» It is not strictly correct to call this offense bigamy : it more properly denominated polygamy , i. e., having a plurality of wives or husbands at once, and in several statutes in the United States the offense is classed under the head of polygamy .

In the canon law bigamy was the marrying of two virgins successively, or one after the death of the other, or once marrying a widow. This disqualified a man for orders, and for holding ecclesiastical offices. Shakespeare uses the word in the latter sense. Blackstone. Bouvier.

Base declension and loathed bigamy .
Shak.

Bigarreau, Bigaroon noun [ French bigarreau , from bigarré variegated.] (Botany) The large white-heart cherry.

Bigeminate adjective [ Prefix bi- + geminate .] (Botany) Having a forked petiole, and a pair of leaflets at the end of each division; biconjugate; twice paired; -- said of a decompound leaf.

Bigential adjective [ Prefix bi- + Latin gens , gentis , tribe.] (Zoology) Including two tribes or races of men.

Bigeye noun (Zoology) A fish of the genus Priacanthus , remarkable for the large size of the eye.

Bigg noun & v. See Big , noun & v.

Biggen transitive verb & i. To make or become big; to enlarge. [ Obsolete or Dial.] Steele.

Bigger adjective , compar. of Big .

Biggest adjective , superl. of Big .

Biggin noun [ French béguin , probably from the cap worn by the Béguines . Confer Beguine , Biggon .] A child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head.

An old woman's biggin for a nightcap.
Massinger.

Biggin noun A coffeepot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee, through which boiling water is poured; -- so called from Mr. Biggin , the inventor.

Biggin, Bigging noun [ Middle English bigging . See Big , Bigg , transitive verb ] A building. [ Obsolete]

Biggon, Biggonnet noun [ French béguin and Old French beguinet , dim of béguin . See Biggin a cap.] A cap or hood with pieces covering the ears.

Bigha noun A measure of land in India, varying from a third of an acre to an acre.

Bighorn noun (Zoology) The Rocky Mountain sheep ( Ovis or Caprovis montana ).

Bight (bīt) noun [ Middle English biʒt a bending; confer Swedish & Danish bugt bend, bay; from Anglo-Saxon byht , from būgan . √88. Confer Bout , Bought a bend, and see Bow , v. ]
1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.

2. (Geology) A bend in a coast forming an open bay; as, the Bight of Benin.

3. (Nautical) The double part of a rope when folded, in distinction from the ends; that is, a round, bend, or coil not including the ends; a loop.

Biglandular adjective [ Prefix bi- + glandular .] Having two glands, as a plant.

Bigly adverb [ From Big , adjective ] In a tumid, swelling, blustering manner; haughtily; violently.

He brawleth bigly .
Robynson (More's Utopia. )

Bigness noun The state or quality of being big; largeness; size; bulk.

Bignonia noun [ Named from the Abbé Bignon .] (Botany) A large genus of American, mostly tropical, climbing shrubs, having compound leaves and showy somewhat tubular flowers. B. capreolata is the cross vine of the Southern United States. The trumpet creeper was formerly considered to be of this genus.

Bignoniaceous adjective (Botany) Of pertaining to, or resembling, the family of plants of which the trumpet flower is an example.

Bigot noun [ French bigot a bigot or hypocrite, a name once given to the Normans in France. Of unknown origin; possibly akin to Spanish bigote a whisker; hombre de bigote a man of spirit and vigor; confer Italian s-bigottire to terrify, to appall. Wedgwood and others maintain that bigot is from the same source as Beguine , Beghard .]


1. A hypocrite; esp., a superstitious hypocrite. [ Obsolete]

2. A person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked. In an extended sense, a person who is intolerant of opinions which conflict with his own, as in politics or morals; one obstinately and blindly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion.

To doubt, where bigots had been content to wonder and believe.
Macaulay.

Bigot adjective Bigoted. [ Obsolete]

In a country more bigot than ours.
Dryden.

Bigoted adjective Obstinately and blindly attached to some creed, opinion practice, or ritual; unreasonably devoted to a system or party, and illiberal toward the opinions of others. " Bigoted to strife." Byron.

Syn. -- Prejudiced; intolerant; narrow-minded.

Bigotedly adverb In the manner of a bigot.

Bigotry noun [ Confer French bigoterie .]
1. The state of mind of a bigot; obstinate and unreasoning attachment of one's own belief and opinions, with narrow-minded intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.

2. The practice or tenets of a bigot.

Bigwig noun [ Big , adjective + wig .] A person of consequence; as, the bigwigs of society. [ Jocose]

In our youth we have heard him spoken of by the bigwigs with extreme condescension.
Dickens.

Bihydroguret noun [ Prefix bi- + hydroguret .] (Chemistry) A compound of two atoms of hydrogen with some other substance. [ Obsolete]

Bijou noun ; plural Bijoux [ F.; of uncertain origin.] A trinket; a jewel; -- a word applied to anything small and of elegant workmanship.

Bijoutry noun [ French bijouterie . See Bijou .] Small articles of virtu, as jewelry, trinkets, etc.

Bijugate adjective [ Latin bis twice + jugatus , past participle of jugare to join.] (Botany) Having two pairs, as of leaflets.

Bijugous adjective [ Latin bijugus yoked two together; bis twice + jugum yoke, pair.] (Botany) Bijugate.

Bike noun [ Ethymol. unknown.] A nest of wild bees, wasps, or ants; a swarm. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

Bikh noun [ Hind., from Sanskrit visha poison.] (Botany) The East Indian name of a virulent poison extracted from Aconitum ferox or other species of aconite: also, the plant itself.

Bilabiate adjective [ Prefix bi- + labiate .] (Botany) Having two lips, as the corols of certain flowers.

Bilaciniate adjective [ Prefix bi- + laciniate .] Doubly fringed.

Bilalo noun A two-masted passenger boat or small vessel, used in the bay of Manila.

Bilamellate, Bilamellated adjective [ Prefix bi- + lamellate .] (Botany) Formed of two plates, as the stigma of the Mimulus; also, having two elevated ridges, as in the lip of certain flowers.

Bilaminar, Bilaminate adjective [ Prefix bi- + laminar , laminate .] Formed of, or having, two laminæ, or thin plates.

Biland noun A byland. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Bilander noun [ Dutch bijlander ; bij by + land land, country.] (Nautical) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.

Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep
Along the coast, and land in view to keep?
Dryden.

Bilateral adjective [ Prefix bi- + lateral : confer French bilatéral .]
1. Having two sides; arranged upon two sides; affecting two sides or two parties.

2. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to the two sides of a central area or organ, or of a central axis; as, bilateral symmetry in animals, where there is a similarity of parts on the right and left sides of the body.

Bilaterality noun State of being bilateral.

Bilberry noun ; plural Bilberries [ Confer Danish böllebær bilberry, where bölle is perhaps akin to English ball .]
1. (Botany) The European whortleberry ( Vaccinium myrtillus ); also, its edible bluish black fruit.

There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry .
Shak.

2. (Botany) Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides , V. cæspitosum and V. uliginosum .

Bilbo noun ; plural Bilboes
1. A rapier; a sword; so named from Bilbao , in Spain. Shak.

2. plural A long bar or bolt of iron with sliding shackles, and a lock at the end, to confine the feet of prisoners or offenders, esp. on board of ships.

Methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes .
Shak.

Bilboquet noun [ French] The toy called cup and ball .

Bilcock noun (Zoology) The European water rail.