- the stem or trunk of a tree.
Origin of bole1
- any of a variety of soft, unctuous clays of various colors, used as pigments.
- a medium red-brown color made from such clay.
Origin of bole2
Examples from the Web for bole
No tree has so fair a bole and so handsome an instep as the beech.
Steve took to the woods, and found sanctuary behind the bole of an oak.The Long Roll
He was standing against the bole of a masa'oi tree, leaning on his rifle.The Call Of The South
The dawn found them still sitting there against the bole of the beech-tree.Fraternity
There was no fire at the foot of the tree, for she could see the base of the bole plainly.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
- the trunk of a tree
- a reddish soft variety of clay used as a pigment
- a moderate reddish-brown colour
Word Origin and History for bole
early 14c., from Old Norse bolr "tree trunk," from Proto-Germanic *bulas (cf. Middle Dutch bolle "trunk of a tree"), from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cf. Greek phyllon "leaf," phallos "swollen penis;" Latin flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish," folium "leaf;" Old Prussian balsinis "cushion;" Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows;" Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl;" Old Irish bolgaim "I swell," blath "blossom, flower," bolach "pimple," bolg "bag;" Breton bolc'h "flax pod;" Serbian buljiti "to stare, be bug-eyed;" Serbo-Croatian blazina "pillow").