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
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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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