One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Derogatory (chiefly United States regional (southern)). Designating a person regarded as low, cowardly, or contemptible, especially (in the southern United States) a northerner (sometimes specifically a New Englander).
2Especially in the names of animals: having a distinctive blue belly.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Faithfull Scout. From blue + bellied.
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