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A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom.
[Middle English, from Old English besma.]
1. a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
2. (Curling) curling a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther
to sweep with a besom
[Old English besma; related to Old High German besmo broom]
dialect Scot and Northern English a derogatory term for a woman
[perhaps from Old English bysen example; related to Old Norse bysn wonder]
a broom, esp. one of brush or twigs.
[before 1000; Middle English besem, Old English bes(e)ma, c. Old Frisian besma, Old Saxon besmo, Old High German besamo]
Past participle: besomed
Also called a broomstick, this is a tool used by witches to help them fly. Modern witches use a besom to carry out ritual cleaning.