beldam, beldame (n.) Old form(s): Beldames
old woman, crone
KJ IV.ii.185.1[Hubert to King John, of five moons seen] Old men and beldams in the streets / Do prophesy upon it dangerously
Luc.1458[of a painting of Hecuba] Lucrece ... shapes her sorrow to the beldame's woes
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