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 Bel’ford.Be’lial (Hebrew). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Belfry.
 
A military tower, pushed by besiegers against the wall of a besieged city, that missiles may be thrown more easily against the defenders. Probably a church steeple is called a belfry from its resemblance to these towers, and not because bells are hung in it. (French, beffroi, a watch-tower, Old French, berfreit, belefreit, from German, berg-frit, bergen, to protect, frit [vride], a place fenced in for security.)   1
       
“Alone, and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.”
       
Tennyson: The Owl, stanza 1.
 


 Bel’ford.Be’lial (Hebrew). 

 
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