from The Century Dictionary.
- Having a ruptured belly; hence, broken down; degenerate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Having a ruptured belly.
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The other contents of this room are a broken-bellied virginal, a couple of crippled velvet chairs, with two or three mildewed pictures of moldy ancestors, who look as dismally as if they came fresh from hell with all their brimstone about 'em.