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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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  • It is wonderful how swiftly the night comes in among the boles of the great oak trees.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • They were watching the tragic chase between the boles of the pines.

    Master Reynard Jane Fielding
  • At the bottom they were eighty-four feet round, and sixty where the boles became cylindrical.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • Twenty years tell not on boles that have for centuries been in their prime.

  • And full in the center of the drawing was an immense web stretched between the boles of two jungle giants.

    Death of a B.E.M. Berkeley Livingston
  • The weather began to moan and the boles of the pines to quake.

  • Look how the light is coming red through the boles of the trees!

    Pine Needles Susan Bogert Warner
  • Major boles I recollect, when in the active discharge of his duty.

  • The horses still gnawed the boles of the shade trees along High Street.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for boles


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 boles



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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