(Ex. 9:31), meaning "swollen or podded for seed," was adopted in the Authorized Version from the version of Coverdale (1535). The Revised Version has in the margin "was in bloom," which is the more probable rendering of the Hebrew word. It is the fact that in Egypt when barley is in ear (about February) flax is blossoming.
And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
We found a plant of cotton, bolled out, among the adjacent weeds, which proved the soil and climate suitable to its culture.