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 for bettee
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Betty \Bet"ty\, n.
     1. [Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as
        such an instrument is also called Bess (i. e., Elizabeth)
        in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jenny (i. e.,
        Jane).] A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open.
        [Written also bettee.]
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              The powerful betty, or the artful picklock.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     2. [Betty, nickname for Elizabeth.] A name of contempt given
        to a man who interferes with the duties of women in a
        household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.
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     3. A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which
        olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; -- called by
        chemists a Florence flask. [U. S.] --Bartlett.
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