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bole1

[bohl]
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noun Botany.
  1. the stem or trunk of a tree.
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Origin of bole1

1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse bolr trunk (of a tree), torso; see bulwark

bole2

[bohl]
noun
  1. any of a variety of soft, unctuous clays of various colors, used as pigments.
  2. a medium red-brown color made from such clay.
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Also bolus.

Origin of bole2

1350–1400; Middle English bol < Late Latin bōlus lump; see bolus
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Related Words

chunk, wood, piece, timber, stalk, stem, torso, mud, brick, earth, length, stick, trunk, block, bole, driftwood, log, column, butt, stock

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British Dictionary definitions for boles

bole1

noun
  1. the trunk of a tree
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse bolr; related to Middle High German bole plank

bole2

bolus

noun
  1. a reddish soft variety of clay used as a pigment
  2. a moderate reddish-brown colour
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Word Origin

C13: from Late Latin bōlus lump, from Greek bōlos
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Word Origin and History for boles

bole

n.

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").

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