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 Baliverso (in Orlando Furioso).Balker. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
means the high ridge between furrows (Anglo-Saxon balca, a beam, a ridge); hence a rising ground.   1
   A balk of timber is a beam running across the ceiling, etc., like a ridge. As the balk is the part not cut by the plough, therefore “to balk” means to leave untouched, or to disappoint.   2
   To make a balk. To miss a part of the field in ploughing. Hence to disappoint. to withhold deceitfully.   3
   To make a balk of good ground. To throw away a good chance.   4

 Baliverso (in Orlando Furioso).Balker. 


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