Dictionary: BEZ-O-AR'DIC – BIB'LER

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Pertaining to or compounded of bezoar.


A medicine compounded with bezoar. – Johnson.

BEZ'O-LA, n.

A fish of the truttaceous kind of a dusky blue color, nearly of the size of a herring. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

BEZ'ZLE, v.t.

To waste in riot. [Not used.] [See Embezzle.] – Milton.

BHU-CHAMP'AC, n. [Hindu, bhu, ground, and champac, a plant.]

A beautiful plant of India, known in Linnæus's system under the name of Kæmpferia rotunda. The blossoms rise from the ground with a short scape, and scarce live a whole day. – As. Res. iii. 254.

BI'A, n.

In commerce, a small shell called a cowry, much valued in the East Indies. – Encyc.

BI-AN'GU-LATE, or BI-AN'GU-LA-TED, a. [or BI-AN'GU-LOUS. L. bis, twice, and angulus, an angle.]

Having two angles or corners. [Little used.]


Noting a race of Finns in Perme, in the north of Europe, on the Dvina, and about the White Sea; written also Permian. The Biarmians or Permians are said to be the most wealthy and powerful of the Finnish tribes. – Tooke.

BI-AR-TIC'U-LATE, a. [L. bis and articulus, a joint.]

Consisting of two joints.

BI'AS, n. [Arm. bihays or vies; Fr. biais, a slope; biaiser, to use shifts, evasions or tricks.]

  1. A weight on the side of a bowl which turns it from a straight line.
  2. A leaning of the mind; inclination; prepossession; propensity toward an object, not leaving the mind indifferent; as, education gives a bias to the mind.
  3. That which causes the mind to lean or incline from a state of indifference, to a particular object or course.

BI'AS, v.t.

To incline to one side; to warp; to give a particular direction to the mind; to prejudice; to prepossess. The judgment is often biased by interest. This word is used by Shakspeare as an adverb, bias and thwart, i. e. aslope; and as an adjective. Blow till thy bias cheek / Outswell the colic of puft Aquilon.


Partiality. [Not used.] – Shak.

BI'AS-ED, pp.

Inclined from a right line; warped; prejudiced.

BI'AS-ING, ppr.

Giving a bias, particular direction or propensity; warping; prejudicing.


Inclination to some side.

BI-AU-RIC'U-LATE, a. [bis and auricula, an auricle.]

In anatomy, applied to a heart with two auricles, as in birds and reptiles.

BIB, n.

  1. A small piece of linen or other cloth worn by children over the breast.
  2. A fish about a foot in length, the back of a light olive, the sides yellow, and the belly white. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

BIB, v.t. [L. bibo; Sp. beber; It. bevere; Gypsy, piava, to drink; Slav. pibo, piba, drink.]

To sip; to tipple; to drink frequently. [Little used.] – Locke.

BI-BA'CIOUS, a. [L. bibax. See Bib.]

Addicted to drinking; disposed to imbibe.


The quality of drinking much. [Not used.]


A tippler; a man given to drinking; chiefly used in composition, as wine-bibber.


Idle talk; prating to no purpose. [A low word, and not used.] – Shak.

BIB'I-O, n.

A name of the wine fly, a small insect found in empty wine casks. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

BI'BLE, n. [Gr. βιβλιον, βιβλος, a book.]

The Book, by way of eminence; the sacred volume, in which are contained the revelations of God, the principles of Christian faith, and the rules of practice. It consists of two parts, called the Old and New Testaments. The Bible should be the standard of language as well as of faith. – Anon.

BIB'LER, n. [See Bib.]

A tippler; a great drinker.