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beadsman one who prays for the welfare of another,—a prayer-man, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, i. 1. 18; “beadsmen,” RICHARD II., iii. 2. 116. ( “Bead, says Tooke, in the A. S. Beade, oratio, something prayed—because one was dropped down a string every time a prayer was said, and thereby marked upon the string the number of times prayed. Richardson's Dict. )

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