(Big"a*mist) n. [Cf. Digamist.] One who is guilty of bigamy. Ayliffe.
(Big"a*mous) a. Guilty of bigamy; involving bigamy; as, a bigamous marriage.
(Big"a*my) n. [OE. bigamie, fr. L. bigamus twice married; bis twice + Gr. marriage; prob.
akin to Skt. jamis related, and L. gemini twins, the root meaning to bind, join: cf. F. bigamie. Cf.
Digamy.] (Law) The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another. Wharton.
It is not strictly correct to call this offense bigamy: it more properly denominated polygamy, i. e., having
a plurality of wives or husbands at once, and in several statutes in the United States the offense is classed
under the head of polygamy.
In the canon law bigamy was the marrying of two virgins successively, or one after the death of the
other, or once marrying a widow. This disqualified a man for orders, and for holding ecclesiastical offices.
Shakespeare uses the word in the latter sense. Blackstone. Bouvier.
Base declension and loathed bigamy.
(Big`ar*reau" Big`a*roon") n. [F. bigarreau, fr. bigarré variegated.] (Bot.) The large white-
(Big"-bel`lied) a. Having a great belly; as, a big-bellied man or flagon; advanced in pregnancy.
(Bi*gem"i*nate) a. [Pref. bi- + geminate.] (Bot.) Having a forked petiole, and a pair of
leaflets at the end of each division; biconjugate; twice paired; said of a decompound leaf.
(Bi*gen"tial) a. [Pref. bi- + L. gens, gentis, tribe.] (Zoöl.) Including two tribes or races of
(Big"eye`) n. (Zoöl.) A fish of the genus Priacanthus, remarkable for the large size of the eye.
(Bigg) n. & v. See Big, n. & v.
(Big"gen) v. t. & i. To make or become big; to enlarge. [Obs. or Dial.] Steele.
(Big"ger) a., compar. of Big.
(Big"gest) a., superl. of Big.
(Big"gin) n. [F. béguin, prob. from the cap worn by the Béguines. Cf. Beguine, Biggon.] A
child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head.
An old woman's biggin for a nightcap.
(Big"gin), n. A coffeepot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee,
through which boiling water is poured; so called from Mr. Biggin, the inventor.
(Big"gin, Big"ging), n. [OE. bigging. See Big, Bigg, v. t.] A building. [Obs.]
(Big"gon Big"gon*net) n. [F. béguin and OF. beguinet, dim of béguin. See Biggin a cap.] A
cap or hood with pieces covering the ears.
(||Big"ha) n. A measure of land in India, varying from a third of an acre to an acre.
(Big"horn`) n. (Zoöl.) The Rocky Mountain sheep