An old word for broom. This special broom is used to symbolically sweep the circle and altar clean before ritual. It sweeps away negative energies.
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Besom is a dialectal or historical word for what is now known as a broom, a household implement used for sweeping. The term `besom` is now mostly reserved for a `traditionally constructed` broom, made from a bundle of twigs tied to a stouter pole. The twigs used could be broom (i.e. Genista, whence the modern name `broom` for the tool), heat...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besom
- a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handleFound on http://www.webdictionary.co.uk/definition.php?query=besom
• (v. t.) To sweep, as with a besom. • (n.) A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys.Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/besom/
a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handleFound on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=besom
[ Middle English besme
, Anglo-Saxon besma
; akin to Dutch bezem
, OHG pesamo
, German besen
; of uncertain origin.] A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys. [ Archaic or Fig.] « I will sweep it...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/B/42
Be'som transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besomed
] To sweep, as with a besom. [ Archaic or Poetic] Cowper.
« Rolls back all Greece, and besoms
wide the plain. Barlow.
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curler's broomFound on http://phrontistery.info/b.html
difficult womanFound on http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~kjt/general/scots.html
implement for sweeping, usually made of a bunch of broom, heather, birch, or other twigs bound together round a handle; a broom [OED].Found on http://www2.shu.ac.uk/sfca/glossary.cfm
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