an Italian variety of lawn bowling played on a dirt court that is shorter and narrower than the rink of a bowling green.

Also boc·ci [boch-ee; Italian bawt-chee] /ˈbɒtʃ i; Italian ˈbɔt tʃi/, boc·ce [boch-ee; Italian bawt-che] /ˈbɒtʃ i; Italian ˈbɔt tʃɛ/, boc·cia [boch-uh; Italian bawt-chah] /ˈbɒtʃ ə; Italian ˈbɔt tʃɑ/.

Origin of boccie

1900–05; < Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball < Vulgar Latin *bottia round body Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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bocci or bocce boccia (ˈbɒtʃə)


an Italian version of bowls played on a lawn smaller than a bowling green

Word Origin for boccie

from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss ²
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Word Origin and History for bocce

from Italian bocce "(wooden) balls," plural of boccia, which is related to French bosse "bump, hump," perhaps from a Germanic source.

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