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beáh

  • noun [ masculine ]
  • participle
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Grammar
beáh, beág, bǽh, bég, béh; gen. beáges; dat. beáge; pl. beágas; m. [beáh, beág; p. of búgan to bend]
Wright's OE grammar
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Metal made into circular ornaments, as A ring, bracelet, collar, garland, crown; anulus, armilla, diadema, corona. Bracelets were worn about the arms and wrists; rings on the fingers, round the ankles, the neck, and about the head. See Guide to Northern Archæology, by the Earl of Ellesmere, 8vo. 1848, p. 54; also Weinhold, Altnordisches Leben, 8vo. Berlin, 1856, p. 185. These being valuable were probably used in early times as means of exchange or as money; hence the origin of ring-money. v. Sir Wm. Betham's Essay in the Trans. of Rl. Ir. Acd. and Gent's. Mag. April 1837, pp. 372, 373, and May. p. 499
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  • Ic nyme ðínne hring and ðínne beáh and ðínne stæf, ðe ðú on handa hæfst

    capiam anulum tuum et armillam et baculum, quem manu tenes,

    • Gen. 38, 18, 25
    • .
  • Gehwearf in Francna fæðm cyninges se beáh

    the collar of the king went into the grasp of the Franks,

    • Beo. Th. 2427
    • ;
    • B. 1211
    • .
  • Sceal bryde beág

    a ring shall be for a bride,

    • Exon. 91a; Th. 341, 24
    • ;
    • Gn. Ex. 131
    • .
  • He beágas dǽlde

    he distributed bracelets,

    • Beo. Th. 161
    • ;
    • B. 80
    • .
  • Ic frinan wille beága bryttan

    I will ask the distributor of bracelets,

    • Beo. Th. 709
    • ;
    • B. 352
    • .
  • Brúc ðisses beáges

    make use of this collar,

    • Beo. Th. 2436
    • ;
    • B. 1216
    • .
  • Se beorhta beág hlifaþ ofcr heáfde

    the bright garland rises over the head,

    • Exon. 64b; Th. 238, 10
    • ;
    • Ph. 602
    • .
  • Under gyldnum beáge

    under a golden crown,

    • Beo. Th. 2330
    • ;
    • B. 1163
    • .
  • To ðam beáge

    to the crown,

    • Bt. 37, 2; Fox 188, 11
    • .
  • Se beáh gódes [Cot. MS. beág goodes]

    the crown of good,

    • 37, 2; Fox 188, 21
    • .
Etymology
[
O. Sax. bóg, m
:
M. H. Ger. bouc, m
:
O. H. Ger. pouc, m
:
O. Nrs. baugr, m
.]
Derived forms
earm-beáh, -beág, heals-, rand-, scanc-, wuldor-
Linked entries
v.  bǽg bǽh beág bég ge-bígan beáh-hyrne.
Full form

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  • beáh, n.; part.