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  Bienville, Sieur Jean Baptiste Lemoyne de Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett  
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   The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.  2000.
 
bier
 
PRONUNCIATION:  bîr
NOUN:1. A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial. 2. A coffin along with its stand: followed the bier to the cemetery.
ETYMOLOGY:Alteration (influenced by French bière, coffin) of Middle English ber, from Old English br. See bher-1 in Appendix I.
 
 
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  Bienville, Sieur Jean Baptiste Lemoyne de Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett  
 
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