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[boi-zee or, esp. locally, -see] /ˈbɔɪ zi or, esp. locally, -si/
a city in and the capital of Idaho, in the SW part: built on the site of an army post on the Oregon Trail.


[ahy-duh-hoh] /ˈaɪ dəˌhoʊ/
a state in the NW United States. 83,557 sq. mi. (216,415 sq. km).
Capital: Boise.
Abbreviation: ID (for use with zip code), Id., Ida.
a variety of russet Burbank grown in Idaho.
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[ahy-duh-hoh-uh n, ahy-duh-hoh-] /ˈaɪ dəˌhoʊ ən, ˌaɪ dəˈhoʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The kid knows better than we do what would happen if Lew met up with her and Boise.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • Boise Carson brought it to us years ago, and we looked into it at that time.

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • He made the proposed route appear so feasible that they followed him, leaving the old trail near Boise, Idaho.

  • "That was a good horse Boise Bill was currying," he suggested.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • No one beyond the "Hill's" shielding screens knew that the Boise had already been launched.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Boise


/ˈbɔɪzɪ; -sɪ/
a city in SW Idaho: the state capital. Pop: 190 117 (2003 est)


a state of the northwestern US: consists chiefly of ranges of the Rocky Mountains, with the Snake River basin in the south; important for agriculture (Idaho potatoes), livestock, and silver-mining. Capital: Boise. Pop: 1 366 332 (2003 est). Area: 216 413 sq km (83 557 sq miles) Abbreviation Id., Ida., (with zip code) ID
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Word Origin and History for Boise

city in Idaho, U.S., from French-Canadian boisé, literally "wooded," from French bois "wood," which (with Italian bosco, Spanish bosque, Medieval Latin boscus) apparently is borrowed from the Germanic root of bush (n.). Medieval Latin boscus was used especially of "woodland pasture."


c.1860, as a place name, originally applied to part of what is now eastern Colorado (Idaho Territory organized 1863; admitted as a state 1890); from Kiowa-Apache (Athabaskan) idaahe "enemy," a name applied by them to the Comanches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Boise in Culture

Idaho definition

State in the Rocky Mountains bordered by British Columbia, Canada, to the north; Montana and Wyoming to the east; Utah and Nevada to the south; and Oregon and Washington to the west. Its capital and largest city is Boise.

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