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

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During the slow, dull years of Soviet rule, the steam rooms of the Rudas filled up with big-bellied men who sweat away the hours in conversation. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 Our possible species include the willow, alder, Acadian, least and yellow-bellied flycatchers. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 This Friday morning, 16 big-bellied women sit on wooden benches in the waiting room. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants," 12 June 2018 Northern cardinals, Carolina chickadees and red-bellied woodpeckers will still flit aplenty through Charlotte neighborhoods. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Carolina birders took notes for 150 years. Many of the species they saw are gone. | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 2018 In the shade of the jungle, a round-bellied orangutan glides towards the ground. The Economist, "To save orangutans, think of them as money swinging from trees," 22 Feb. 2018 For this design, a tiny model of a very pregnant bare-bellied Kylie was attached to a nude pink nail. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Someone Recreated Kylie Jenner's Baby Announcement on a Manicure and I'm Honestly So Creeped Out," 20 Feb. 2018 That’s significant considering that the average life span of a yellow-bellied marmot is about 15 years. Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, "Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.," 17 Jan. 2018 These include such familiar birds as red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina wren, Northern mockingbird, tufted titmouse and Northern cardinal. James F. Mccarty,, "Christmas Bird Counts to document the snowy owl irruption underway in Northeast Ohio (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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