bard Among ancient Celtic peoples, a poet-minstrel who held a privileged place in society, singing the praises of chiefs and celebrating heroic deeds, historical events and the passing of laws.
bourbon [berbn] A dark-colored American whiskey, a distillate of at least 51% corn. It originated in Bourbon Co, Kentucky.
Brutalism (Architecture) A concept of the 1950s in which the buildings often have large distinct blocks of exposed concrete. It is typified by the work of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh, India.
buoyancy The upward thrust on an object immersed in liquid or gas, equal to the weight of the displaced fluid.
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