Bowssen Bows"sen, v. t. To drench; to soak; especially, to immerse (in water believed to have curative properties). [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

There were many bowssening places, for curing of mad men. . . . If there appeared small amendment he was bowssened again and again. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bowssen — bows·sen …   English syllables

  • bowssen — ˈbau̇sən transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: modification of Cornish beuzi, bedhy, büdhy to drown, submerge; akin to Old Irish bāidim I drown (transitive), Welsh boddi to drown more at bathy in Cornwall : to duck in water as a treatment for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bousen — var. of bowssen v. Obs. to duck …   Useful english dictionary

  • boussen — var. of bowssen v. Obs., to duck …   Useful english dictionary

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