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n. Mythology
The Egyptian god of music and revelry and the guardian deity of women in labor, often depicted as a dwarf.

[Egyptian bs.]
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(Non-European Myth & Legend) an ancient Egyptian god represented as a grotesque hairy dwarf: the patron of music and pleasure
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(beɪs, beɪt, bɛt)

also bet

the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1905–10; < Hebrew bēth literally, house; see beta]
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"Say, Mag," he said, "put on yer bes' duds Friday night an' I'll take yehs teh deh show.
De bes' way is to res' easy en let de ole man take his own way.
This was a small copy of one of the ancient Egyptian gods--that of Bes, who represented the destructive power of nature.
Washin'ton, God knows I spent de bes' days of my life in slavery.
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