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[boosh] /buʃ/
noun, Armor.
a curved indentation in an upper corner of a jousting shield, serving as a lance rest: used from the 14th to the 17th century.
Origin of bouche
< French phrase à bouche literally, with (a) mouth, said of a notched shield. See bouchée


[boo-shey] /buˈʃeɪ/
Louis, 1896–1969, U.S. painter. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a moment more he had placed bouche at the head of the first team of dogs.

  • When not on board wages, they had "bouche of Court," like the physicians.

  • He connected this bouche cousue with his own decorous abstention, not without credit to himself.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • But he said at last in a low tone to the dog: "It is finished, bouche; it is ready for the world."

  • The dogs were above in the tent—all but bouche, who was permitted to be near his master.

  • Fauchet, in the bouche de Fer, elevated democracy to a level with religious philosophy.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Nor in gougre or beignet or bouche will Parmesan betray confidence.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • At the end of the verse there was an imitation of the ceramella by the voice, humming, or rather whining, bouche fermée.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • On the twentieth day homeward, Hume said with his hand on the dog's head "It had to be done, bouche; even a dog could see that."

  • The oral zone is so far relaxed that the lower jaw droops in obedience to gravity and the mouth gapes open: bouche béanie.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
Word Origin and History for bouche

French, literally "mouth" (Old French boche, 11c.), from Latin bucca, literally "cheek," which in Late Latin replaced os (see oral) as the word for "mouth" (and also is the source of Italian bocca, Spanish boca). Borrowed in English in various senses, e.g. "king's allowance of food for his retinue" (mid-15c.); "mouth" (1580s); "metal plug for a cannon's vent" (1862; verb in this sense from 1781).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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