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beldame (1 cf. ‘belsire’=grandfather)
1. grandmother 1H4 III. i. 32 “the old beldame earth,” Lucr. 953, 1458
2. loathsome old woman, hag John IV. ii. 185 “Old men and beldames,” Mac. III. v. 2.
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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