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Ben,

in the Bible, Levite porter under David.

ben

1 Scot
an inner room in a house or cottage

ben

2
1. any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa, esp M. oleifera of Arabia and India, whose seeds yield oil of ben, used in manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, lubricating delicate machinery, etc.: family Moringaceae
2. the seed of such a tree

ben

3
Scot, Irish a mountain peak (esp in place names)
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Many were the wit-combats," he says, "betwixt Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, which two I behold like a Spanish great gallion and an English Man of War: Master Jonson (like the former) was built far higher in learning; solid, but slow in his performances.
And so we get a picture of Ben lording it in taverns.
It'll be a good while afore my head's full o' th' Methodies," said Ben.
Poor Gub-Gub was dreadfully frightened; and the pushmi-pullyu began to sharpen his horns for a fight by rubbing them on the mast of the ship; while Jip kept springing into the air and barking and calling Ben Ali bad names in dog-language.
They had waited perhaps half an hour when the messenger returned with Kadour ben Saden.
By the time Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite, in good repair; and when he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with -- and so on, and so on, hour after hour.
Quivering, not with fear but with rage, Ben Bolt perforce endured the buckling around his throat of a thick, broad collar of leather to which was attached a very stout and a very long trailing rope.
Then it did seem as if Ben really would scramble down on her side of the wall, he was so outraged.
Oh--it means--you must think what you mean," said Ben, rather peevishly.
Oh, Ben and I have hit upon a dozen such,' replied Bob Sawyer, with great glee.
And when Ben Gunn is wanted, you know where to find him, Jim.
The Sheik jerked his thumb toward Ali ben Kadin and addressed Meriem.