(Bi*sex"u*al) a. [Pref. bi- + sexual.] (Biol.) Of both sexes; hermaphrodite; as a flower with
stamens and pistil, or an animal having ovaries and testes.
(Bi*sex"u*ous) a. Bisexual.
Evil biseye, ill looking. [Obs.]
(Bi*seye") p. p. of Besee. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Bish) n. Same as Bikh.
(Bish"op) n. [OE. bischop, biscop, bisceop, AS. bisceop, biscop, L. episcopus overseer,
superintendent, bishop, fr. Gr. , over + inspector, fr. root of , , to look to, perh. akin to L. specere
to look at. See Spy, and cf. Episcopal.]
1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Pet. ii. 25.
It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of
the New Testament the same officer in the church is called indifferently "bishop" ( ) and "elder" or "presbyter."
2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the
highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the
Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
Bishop in partibus [infidelium] (R. C. Ch.), a bishop of a see which does not actually exist; one who
has the office of bishop, without especial jurisdiction. Shipley. Titular bishop (R. C. Ch.), a term
officially substituted in 1882 for bishop in partibus. Bench of Bishops. See under Bench.
3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; formerly called
5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar. Swift.
6. An old name for a woman's bustle. [U. S.]
If, by her bishop, or her "grace" alone,
A genuine lady, or a church, is known.
(Bish"op), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bishoped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bishoping.] To admit into the church
by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
(Bish"op) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bishoped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bishoping.] [From the name of the
scoundrel who first practiced it. Youatt.] (Far.) To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as,
to bishop an old horse or his teeth.
The plan adopted is to cut off all the nippers with a saw to the proper length, and then with a cutting
instrument the operator scoops out an oval cavity in the corner nippers, which is afterwards burnt with a
hot iron until it is black. J. H. Walsh.
(Bish"op*dom) n. Jurisdiction of a bishop; episcopate. "Divine right of bishopdom." Milton.
(Bish"op*like`) a. Resembling a bishop; belonging to a bishop. Fulke.
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