(Bi"dent) n. [L. bidens, - entis, having two prongs; bis twice + dens a tooth.] An instrument or weapon with two prongs.

(Bi*den"tal) a. Having two teeth. Swift.

(Bi*den"tate) a. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Having two teeth or two toothlike processes; two- toothed.

(Bi*det") n. [F. bidet, perh. fr. Celtic; cr. Gael. bideach very little, diminutive, bidein a diminutive animal, W. bidan a weakly or sorry wretch.]

1. A small horse formerly allowed to each trooper or dragoon for carrying his baggage. B. Jonson.

2. A kind of bath tub for sitting baths; a sitz bath.

(Bi*dig"i*tate) a. [Pref. bi- + digitate.] Having two fingers or fingerlike projections.

(Bid"ing) n. Residence; habitation. Rowe.

(Bield) n. A shelter. Same as Beild. [Scot.]

(Bield), v. t. To shelter. [Scot.]

(Bi*en"ni*al) a. [L. biennalis and biennis, fr. biennium a space of two years; bis twice + annus year. Cf. Annual.]

1. Happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election.

2. (Bot.) Continuing for two years, and then perishing, as plants which form roots and leaves the first year, and produce fruit the second.

(Bi*en"ni*al), n.

1. Something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination.

2. (Bot.) A plant which exists or lasts for two years.

(Bi*en"ni*al*ly), adv. Once in two years.

(Bier) n. [OE. bæe, beere, AS. br, bre; akin to D. baar, OHG. bara, G. bahre, Icel barar, D baare, L. feretrum, Gr. , from the same bear to produce. See 1st Bear, and cf. Barrow.]

1. A handbarrow or portable frame on which a corpse is placed or borne to the grave.

2. (Weaving) A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth. Knight.

(Bier"balk`) n. [See Bier, and Balk, n.] A church road (e. g., a path across fields) for funerals. [Obs.] Homilies.

(Biest"ings, Beest"ings) n. pl. [OE. bestynge, AS. bysting, fr. byst, beost; akin to D. biest, OHG. biost, G. biest; of unknown origin.] The first milk given by a cow after calving. B. Jonson.

The thick and curdy milk . . . commonly called biestings.

(Bi*fa"cial) a. [Pref. bi- + facial.] Having the opposite surfaces alike.

(Bi*fa"ri*ous) a. [L. bifarius; bis twice + fari to speak. Cf. Gr. twofold; twice + to say.]

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