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

Definition of bellied

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

Examples of bellied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Careful observers on creek-side trails may see the orange-bellied California newt, a squishy member of the salamander family. Los Angeles Times, "Seen our hiking guide? L.A.’s 50 best hikes await," 18 Mar. 2021 Like a pot-bellied pig, earlier BMWs were like the piglets—cute and manageable. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Car of the Week: BMW’s Most Beloved Car of the 21st Century Was a One-Hit Wonder," 22 Mar. 2021 Forest specialists such as the Indian pitta, white-bellied drongo and common woodshrike were only seen in the riparian forests of Mangar Bani. Neha Jain, Quartz, "The rich biodiversity in and around Delhi is in dire need of protection," 16 Mar. 2021 The most omnivorous of our woodpeckers seem to be the red-bellied. Star Tribune, "Suet is surefire way to bring hungry woodpeckers," 21 Jan. 2021 Downy, hairy, red-bellied, and pileated are the four common woodpecker species this time of year. Star Tribune, "Suet is surefire way to bring hungry woodpeckers," 21 Jan. 2021 To rest an afternoon Martini on a Portuguese-linen cocktail napkin shaped like a fat-bellied pink elephant with a little swirly belly button ($84 for four)? Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Just Buy Your Loved Ones Eleven Feet of Salami: A Food-Themed Gift Guide," 19 Dec. 2020 After one year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was surprised to see that cougars, coyotes, and yellow-bellied marmots had joined deer and moose crossing the bridge. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Animals Are Using Utah’s Largest Wildlife Overpass Earlier Than Expected," 30 Nov. 2020 Red-bellied dace can be an important food in one river, while the common shiner means chow-time in another. A.j. Mcclane, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The “Ferocious” Commuter," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bellied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bellied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of bellied

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

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