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 for beldame
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beldam \Bel"dam\ Beldame \Bel"dame\, n. [Pref. bel-, denoting
     relationship + dame mother: cf. F. belledame fair lady, It.
     belladonna. See Belle, and Dame.]
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     1. Grandmother; -- corresponding to belsire.
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              To show the beldam daughters of her daughter.
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     2. An old woman in general; especially, an ugly old woman; a
     Syn: hag, beldam, witch, crone.
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                Around the beldam all erect they hang. --Akenside.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an ugly evil-looking old woman [syn: hag, beldam,
           beldame, witch, crone]
      2: a woman of advanced age [syn: beldam, beldame]

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