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bealing n

Also sp beeling[Scots, nIr, nEngl dial (EDD beal v.3 1.(2), SND beal, beel v., n.1 4)]formerly more widespread, now chiefly Appalachians, OhioSee Map

A boil or abscess.

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  • 1800 in 2006 Montgomery From Ulster 18 csNC, I am near hardly able for to walk with a Bealing in my Left Leg.
  • 1809 Reporter (Washington PA) 19 June [3]/4, He is a little lame, occasioned by a bealing on the right ankle.
  • 1824 in 1956 Eliason Tarheel Talk 259 swNC, Your negro woman Easther has been verry bad with a bealing on her brest.
  • 1886 Amer. Philol. Assoc. Trans. 17.37 Sth, Bealing, a ‘boil or sore.’ Very common in East Tennessee, and known also in the West.
  • 1902 DN 2.229 sIL, Beelin.
  • 1908 Eve. Independent (Massillon OH) 23 Nov 2/4, Miss Golda Graybill, who is confined to the house with a bealing in her ear, is a little better at this writing.
  • 1912 DN 3.571 wIN,Bealing.
  • 1914 DN 4.103 KS,Bealing.
  • 1927 AmSp 2.348 WV, He has a bad bealing on his hand.
  • 1933 Daily News (Huntingdon PA) 2 Oct 7/4, Mrs. James Gill is suffering with a beeling on her hand.
  • 1939 AmSp 14.155 WV, Beal. . . To suppurate. Bealing. . . A swelling, a boil. . . Both words are currently used by the natives of Huntington and vicinity.
  • 1943 Titusville Herald (PA) 23 Jan 7/4, Mrs. Wanda Welsh of Titusville is spending some time with her parents. . . She is suffering from a bealing on her finger.
  • 1959 Hench Coll. VA Mts, A Ch[arlottes]ville V[irgini]a doctor said that “a bealing [is] an infection of the ear.”
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. BB37, When yellowish stuff comes out of a person’s ear, he has a _____
    15 Infs, chiefly Appalachians, Bealin’; VA1, Bealin’ in his head; OH66, PA142, Bealing [15 of 18 Infs old];
    Qu. BB30, . . A hard, painful swelling . . under the skin
    Infs OH50, PA74, Bealing;
    Qu. BB33a, . . A swelling under the skin, bigger than a pimple, that comes to a head
    Infs TN12, WV13, Bealing.
  • 1990 Cavender Folk Med. Lexicon 18 csAppalachians, Beal—to become infected, to fester. . . Also used as a noun: “There’s a bealing on my back.”
bealing + varr (Qq. BB30, BB33a, BB37)