- 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 boles
"A lot of the photos were taken at a club called The Colony," Boles explained.Private Birthday Party: A Look at Kansas City’s Long Lost Drag Queens
April 9, 2014
There was the dim bulk of a man disappearing through the boles.David Elginbrod
The forest was full of the boles of trees that had been blown down.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
They were watching the tragic chase between the boles of the pines.Master Reynard
Twenty years tell not on boles that have for centuries been in their prime.
The grass is as uniform as a carpet, and grows quite up to the boles of the trees.Riverby
- 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 boles
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").