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boule1

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noun
  1. Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
  2. a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
  3. Sometimes boules. pétanque.

Origin of boule1

1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

boule2

[bool]
noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
  1. buhl.
Also called boule·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.

Boule

[boo-lee, boo-ley]
noun
  1. the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.

Origin of Boule

1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones

buhl

or boule, boulle

[bool]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

Origin of buhl

1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
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British Dictionary definitions for boule

boule1

noun
  1. the parliament in modern Greece
  2. the senate of an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin

C19: from Greek boulē senate

boule2

noun
  1. a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum

Word Origin

C19: from French: ball

boule3

noun
  1. a round loaf of white bread

Word Origin

C20: from French: a ball

buhl

adjective, noun
  1. the usual US spelling of boulle
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