A broom made from a bundle of twigs tied onto a shaft.
(archaic, poetic) To sweep.
Other Word Forms of Besom
Origin of Besom
From Middle English besme, beseme, from Old English besma, besema (“besom, broom, rod”), from Proto-Germanic *besmô, *besamô (“broom”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰes- (“to rub off, grind, sprinkle”). Cognate with Scots besom, bisom (“a sweeping implement, broom”), West Frisian biezem (“broom”), Dutch bezem (“broom”), Low German bessen (“broom”), German Besen (“broom”).
Middle English from Old English besma
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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