Meaning of BROWN BESS in English

BROWN BESS

I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˈbes noun

Usage: usually capitalized 2d B

Etymology: brown (I) + Bess (nickname of Elizabeth ); from the color of the stock

: the flintlock smoothbore musket with bronzed barrel that was formerly used in the British army

II. noun

Usage: usually capitalized 2d B

Etymology: probably alteration of brown Beth

: prairie wake robin

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