Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Bacon"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bacon \Ba"con\, n. [OF. bacon, fr. OHG. bacho, bahho, flitch of
bacon, ham; akin to E. back. Cf. Back the back side.]
The back and sides of a pig salted and smoked; formerly, the
flesh of a pig salted or fresh.

{Bacon beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a beetle ({Dermestes lardarius})
which, especially in the larval state, feeds upon bacon,
woolens, furs, etc. See {Dermestes}.

{To save one's bacon}, to save one's self or property from
harm or less. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually
sliced thin and fried
2: English Franciscan monk and scientist who stressed the
importance of experimentation; first showed that air is
required for combustion and first used lenses to correct
vision (1220-1292) [syn: {Bacon}, {Roger Bacon}]
3: English statesman and philosopher; advocated inductive
reasoning (1561-1626) [syn: {Bacon}, {Francis Bacon}, {Baron
Verulam}, {1st Baron Verulam}, {Viscount St. Albans}]

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