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[bohl] /boʊl/
noun, Botany.
the stem or trunk of a tree.
Origin of bole1
1275-1325; Middle English < Old Norse bolr trunk (of a tree), torso; see bulwark


[bohl] /boʊl/
any of a variety of soft, unctuous clays of various colors, used as pigments.
a medium red-brown color made from such clay.
Also, bolus.
1350-1400; Middle English bol < Late Latin bōlus lump; see bolus Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bole
Historical Examples
  • No tree has so fair a bole and so handsome an instep as the beech.

  • Steve took to the woods, and found sanctuary behind the bole of an oak.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He was standing against the bole of a masa'oi tree, leaning on his rifle.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • The dawn found them still sitting there against the bole of the beech-tree.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • There was no fire at the foot of the tree, for she could see the base of the bole plainly.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Go down into your bole,—thy deliverer, thy avenger is above.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • I heard some of them snap, and a crack appeared in the ground not far from the bole.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • Silently he swung from bole to bole for a few minutes, and then disappeared.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The neck in thickness equalled the bole of a moderate-sized tree.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould
  • Like the three wanderers in Arden, against the bole of a huge oak.

British Dictionary definitions for bole


the trunk of a tree
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse bolr; related to Middle High German bole plank


a reddish soft variety of clay used as a pigment
a moderate reddish-brown colour
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin bōlus lump, from Greek bōlos
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Word Origin and History for bole

early 14c., from Old Norse bolr "tree trunk," from Proto-Germanic *bulas (cf. Middle Dutch bolle "trunk of a tree"), from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cf. Greek phyllon "leaf," phallos "swollen penis;" Latin flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish," folium "leaf;" Old Prussian balsinis "cushion;" Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows;" Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl;" Old Irish bolgaim "I swell," blath "blossom, flower," bolach "pimple," bolg "bag;" Breton bolc'h "flax pod;" Serbian buljiti "to stare, be bug-eyed;" Serbo-Croatian blazina "pillow").

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