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boll

1

[ bohl ]

noun

, Botany.
  1. a rounded seed vessel or pod of a plant, as of flax or cotton.


Böll

2

[ bœl ]

noun

  1. Hein·rich (The·o·dor) [hahyn, -, r, i, kh, , tey, -aw-doh, r], 1917–85, German novelist and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1972.

boll

1

/ bəʊl /

noun

  1. the fruit of such plants as flax and cotton, consisting of a rounded capsule containing the seeds


Böll

2

/ bœl /

noun

  1. BöllHeinrich (Theodor)19171985MGermanWRITING: novelistWRITING: short-story writer Heinrich (ˈhaɪnrɪç) ( Theodor ). 1917–85, German novelist and short-story writer; his novels include Group Portrait with Lady (1971): Nobel prize for literature 1972

boll

/ bōl /

  1. The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of boll1

1400–50; late Middle English bolle, perhaps < Middle Dutch bolle ( Dutch bol ), though formally identical with bowl 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of boll1

C13: from Dutch bolle ; related to Old English bolla bowl 1
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Example Sentences

And cotton crops would often fail when pests like the boll weevil tore through the fields.

See cotton growing, and pick a cotton boll, called "Texas Roses."

Swallows in the Southern states kill the cotton-boll weevil, one of our worst insect pests.

The beetle lays its eggs in the young cotton fruit or boll, and the larv feed upon the substance within the boll.

The one beetle doing by far the greatest harm in this country is the cotton-boll weevil.

She builds mostly among the branches of the Scotch fir, the nest being generally close to the boll or stem.

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