Bel·tane (bĕltān, -tən)
An ancient Celtic feast, usually observed on May 1, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification.
[Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn; see bhel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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