Definition of bellows noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbeləʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeloʊz//
(pl. bellows) [countable + singular or plural verb]
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a piece of equipment for blowing air into or through something. Bellows are used for making a fire burn better or for producing sound in some types of musical instruments. a pair of bellows (= a small bellows with two handles to be pushed together) Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Old English belga, plural of belig ‘bag’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘swell, be inflated’, used as a shortened form of earlier blǣstbelig ‘blowing bag’.
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