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 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 The white-bellied storks that live near the macaques' island exhibit were still inside the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adorable baby snow monkey is born at Milwaukee zoo; first healthy birth in 26 years," 20 June 2019 Others, such as the Kermadec petrel and white-bellied storm petrel, found on surrounding islets, may return on their own—providing this summer's campaign can end the centurylong reign of the rats. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 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

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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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