bew·​it | \ ˈbyü-ət \
variants: or bewet \ ˈbyü-​ət \
plural -s

Definition of bewit

: a slip of leather by which bells are fastened to a hawk's leg in falconry

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History and Etymology for bewit

Middle English bewette, from Middle French buie, beue fetter (from Latin bojae, plural, neck-collar, from (assumed) Greek boeiai, from feminine plural of boeios of an ox, from bous ox, cow) + Middle English -ette -et

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“Bewit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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