bellows /ˈbɛləʊz/


I. plural noun [also treated as sing.]

1. (also a pair of bellows) a device with an air bag that emits a stream of air when squeezed together with two handles, used for blowing air into a fire.

stoking up the fire with the bellows.
2. a device similar to a pair of bellows used in a harmonium or small organ.
3. an object or device with concertinaed sides to allow it to expand and contract, such as a tube joining a lens to a camera body.
– origin Middle English: probably from Old English belga, plural of belig (see belly), used as a shortened form of earlier blǣstbelig ‘blowing bag’.

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