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(Be*zant") n. [See Byzant.]
1. A gold coin of Byzantium or Constantinople, varying in weight and value, usually (those current in
England) between a sovereign and a half sovereign. There were also white or silver bezants. [Written
also besant, byzant, etc.]
2. (Her.) A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called bezant. Burke.
3. A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another.
(Bez`-ant"ler) n. [L. bis twice (OF. bes) + E. antler.] The second branch of a stag's horn.
(Bez"el) n. [From an old form of F. biseau sloping edge, prob. fr. L. bis double. See Bi-.] The
rim which encompasses and fastens a jewel or other object, as the crystal of a watch, in the cavity in
which it is set.
(Bé*zique") n. [F. bésigue.] A game at cards in which various combinations of cards in the hand,
when declared, score points.
(Be"zoar) n. [F. bézoard, fr. Ar. bazahr, badizahr, fr. Per. pad- zahr bezoar; pad protecting +
zahr poison; cf. Pg. & Sp. bezoar.] A calculous concretion found in the intestines of certain ruminant
animals (as the wild goat, the gazelle, and the Peruvian llama) formerly regarded as an unfailing antidote
for poison, and a certain remedy for eruptive, pestilential, or putrid diseases. Hence: Any antidote or
Two kinds were particularly esteemed, the Bezoar orientale of India, and the Bezoar occidentale of
Bezoar antelope. See Antelope. Bezoar goat (Zoöl.), the wild goat Bezoar mineral, an old
preparation of oxide of antimony. Ure.
(Bez`o*ar"dic) a. [Cf. F. bézoardique, bézoartique.] Pertaining to, or compounded with, bezoar.
n. A medicine containing bezoar.
(Bez`o*ar"tic Bez`o*ar"tic*al) a. [See Bezoardic.] Having the qualities of an antidote, or of
bezoar; healing. [Obs.]
(Be*zo"ni*an) n. [Cf. F. besoin need, want, It bisogno.] A low fellow or scoundrel; a beggar.
Great men oft die by vile bezonians.
(Bez"zle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bezzled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bezzling ] [OF. besillier, besiler, to
maltreat, pillage; or shortened fr. embezzle. Cf. Embezzle.] To plunder; to waste in riot. [Obs.]
(Bez"zle), v. i. To drink to excess; to revel. [Obs.]
(Bhang) n. [Per. bang; cf. Skr. bhanga hemp.] An astringent and narcotic drug made from
the dried leaves and seed capsules of wild hemp and chewed or smoked in the East as a means of
intoxication. See Hasheesh.
(||Bhun"der) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) An Indian monkey protected by the Hindoos as sacred.
(Bi-) [L. bis twice, which in composition drops the -s, akin to E. two. See Bis-, Two, and cf. Di-,