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  • And therefore if a man have a lean and straight face, a Marquess Otton's cut will make it broad and large; if it be platter-like, a long, slender beard will make it seem the narrower; if he be weasel-becked, then much hair left on the cheeks will make the owner look big like a bowdled hen, and as grim as a goose, if Cornells of Chelmersford say true.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • And therefore if a man have a lean and straight face, a Marquess OttonÂ’s cut will make it broad and large; if it be platter-like, a long, slender beard will make it seem the narrower; if he be weasel-becked, then much hair left on the cheeks will make the owner look big like a bowdled hen, and as grim as a goose, if Cornelis of Chelmersford say true.

    Of Our Apparel and Attire. Chapter VII. [1577, Book III., Chapter 2; 1587, Book II., Chapter 7

  • a man have a lean face, the Marquis Otto's cut makes it broad; if it be platterlike, the long, slender beard makes it seem narrow; "if he be weasel-beaked, then much hair left on the cheeks will make the owner look big like a bowdled hen, and so grim as a goose."

    For Whom Shakespeare Wrote

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  • Obs. ppl. adj., Having the feathers ruffled; swelled out (origin obscure).

    "Much heare left on the cheekes will make the owner looke big like a bowdled hen." – W. Harrison, Description of England (1587)

    August 12, 2008