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basket-head

[cf. Kongo basa bedstead covered with a mat (Turner 1949:60) converging with basket, BEDHEAD] n. the head of a bedstead: 1904 Make the sign of the cross on the basket-head of your bed (on the bolster) and the hag will let you alone (Clavel 36). 1917 He mumbled something about a "basket" or a "batstead". . [or] "bashted" (he evidently did not know the real word at all!) . . . a carved bedstead (Defries 95, 97).

Tags: furniture, noun

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Last update: 2012-01-05 13:29
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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