bel·​lied | \ ˈbe-lēd How to pronounce bellied (audio) \

Definition of bellied

: having a belly of a specified kind used in combinationa big-bellied man

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Recent Examples on the Web Commercial trade in white-bellied parrots is allowed, but only with strict regulation. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 The Alabama red-bellied turtle is a swamp critter, living mostly in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in south Alabama. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Alabama’s state reptile threatened by roadways, but making slow comeback," 27 Oct. 2019 Other highlights included a prairie warbler, a common yellowthroat, a rusty blackbird, and 3 yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Wellfleet, and a vesper sparrow in Truro., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 14 Jan. 2020 These shameful performances often take place before pot-bellied men enacting the ancient king’s annual return from exile in the netherworld to meet his subjects. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 In Boston proper, observers found a yellow-bellied flycatcher at the Public Garden and a white-eyed vireo in the McLaughlin Woods., "Most read on," 20 Oct. 2019 Popular prejudice says that the typical fish-smuggler is a beer-bellied German. The Economist, "Norway has haddock enough of fish smugglers," 8 Aug. 2019 Sometimes a full-bellied trout had taken the place of the young salmon on the end of the thread. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 During the summer months, see the migration of some 200,000 birds, such as egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, buff banded rails, and white capped noddy’s. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of bellied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2020

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“Bellied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of bellied

: having a belly of a certain kind a large-bellied man a round-bellied horse

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