transitive verb
bows·​sen | \ ˈbau̇sᵊn \

Definition of bowssen

in Cornwall
: to duck in water as a treatment for insanity

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History and Etymology for bowssen

modification of Cornish beuzi, bedhy, büdhy to drown, submerge; akin to Old Irish bāidim I drown (transitive), Welsh boddi to drown

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“Bowssen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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