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Meaning of BEADLE

Pronunciation:  'beedl, 'beedl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a minor parish official who serves as an usher and preserves order at services
  2. [n]  United States biologist who discovered how hereditary characteristics are transmitted by genes (1903-1989)

BEADLE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: George Beadle, George Wells Beadle
 See Also: biologist, functionary, life scientist, official



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bea"dle\, n. [OE. bedel, bidel, budel, OF. bedel, F.
bedeau, fr. OHG. butil, putil, G. b["u]ttel, fr. OHG. biotan,
G. bieten, to bid, confused with AS. bydel, the same word as
OHG. butil. See. {Bid}, v.]
1. A messenger or crier of a court; a servitor; one who cites
   or bids persons to appear and answer; -- called also an
   {apparitor} or {summoner}.

2. An officer in a university, who precedes public
   processions of officers and students. [Eng.]

Note: In this sense the archaic spellings bedel (Oxford) and
      bedell (Cambridge) are preserved.

3. An inferior parish officer in England having a variety of
   duties, as the preservation of order in church service,
   the chastisement of petty offenders, etc.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: b. 1903, d. 1991. An American geneticist who won the Nobel Prize in 1958 with Edward Tatum for showing that genes are responsible for controlling the production of enzymes.
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