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A portable or folding bed, originally for use by a soldier in the field; a camp bed. In later use also: a bed with an arched canopy and covered sides.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Geoffrey Fenton (c1539–1608), translator and administrator in Ireland. From field + bed.
field bed/ˈfiːld bɛd/
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