Belly The belly and its members. The fable of Menenius Agrippa to the Roman people when they seceded
to the Sacred Mount: Once on a time the members refused to work for the lazy belly; but, as the supply
of food was thus stopped, they found there was a necessary and mutual dependence between them.
Shakespeare introduces the fable in his Coriolanus, i. 1.
And now, Dame Peveril, to dinner, to dinner. The old fox must have his belly-timber, though the hounds have been after him the whole day.- Sir W. Scott. Peveril of the Peak, chap. 48.
Belomancy (Greek). Divination by arrows. Labels being attached to a given number of arrows, the archers let them fly, and the advice on the label of the arrow which flies farthest is accepted and acted on. This practice is common with the Arabs.
Beloved Disciple St. John. (John xiii. 23, etc.)
Beloved Physician St. Luke. (Col. iv. 14.)
Belphegor A nasty, licentious, obscene fellow. Bel-Phegor was a Moabitish deity, whose rites were
celebrated on Mount Phegor, and were noted for their obscenity. The Standard, speaking of certain
museums in London, says, When will men cease to be deluded by these unscrupulous Belphegors?
Belphoebe meant for Queen Elizabeth. She was sister of Amoret. Equally chaste, but of the Diana and Minerva type. Cold as an icicle, passionless, immovable. She is a white flower without perfume, and her only tender passion is that of chivalry. Like a moonbeam, she is light without warmth. You admire her as you admire a marble statue. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iii.)
Belt To hit below the belt. To strike unfairly. It is prohibited in prize-fighting to hit below the waistbelt.
Lord Salisbury hits hard, but never hits below the belt.- Daily Telegraph, November, 1885.To hold the belt. To be the champion. In pugilism, etc., a belt is passed on to the champion.
Beltane (2 syl.). A festival observed in Ireland on June 21st, and in some parts of Scotland on May Day. A fire is kindled on the hills, and the young people dance round it, and feast on cakes made of milk and eggs. It is supposed to be a relic of the worship of Baal. The word is Gaelic, and means Bel's fire; and the cakes are called beltane-cakes.
Belted Knight The right of wearing belt and spurs. Even to the present day knights of the shire are girt with a belt and sword, when the declaration of their election is officially made.
Belted Will Lord William Howard, warden of the western marches (1563-1640).
His Bilboa blade, by marchmen felt,
Beltenebros Amadis of Gaul so calls himself after he retires to the Poor Rock. His lady-love is Oriana. (Amadis of Gaul, ii. 6.)
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