Pronunciation: (bel'ē-band"), [key]
1. a band worn about the belly, as of a harnessed horse or of an infant to protect the navel. See illus. under harness.
2. a band of paper around a new book, usually printed with information about the book's contents and sometimes used instead of a book jacket.
3. a band of strong paper, plastic, tape, or the like, placed around a product or package to protect it during shipping, prevent it from opening, etc.
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