[ bohl ]
/ boʊl /
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a rounded seed vessel or pod of a plant, as of flax or cotton.
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Origin of boll
1400–50; late Middle English bolle, perhaps <Middle Dutch bolle (Dutch bol), though formally identical with bowl1
Other definitions for boll (2 of 2)
[ bœl ]
/ bœl /
Hein·rich (The·o·dor) [hahyn-rikh-tey-aw-dohr], /ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈteɪ ɔˌdoʊr/, 1917–85, German novelist and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1972.
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How to use boll in a sentence
And cotton crops would often fail when pests like the boll weevil tore through the fields.Growth Stocks|The Daily Beast|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
See cotton growing, and pick a cotton boll, called "Texas Roses."The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
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.Birds' Nests, Eggs and Egg-Collecting|Richard Kearton
British Dictionary definitions for boll (1 of 2)
/ (bəʊl) /
the fruit of such plants as flax and cotton, consisting of a rounded capsule containing the seeds
Word Origin for boll
C13: from Dutch bolle; related to Old English bolla bowl 1
British Dictionary definitions for boll (2 of 2)
/ (German bœl) /
Heinrich (ˈhaɪnrɪç) (Theodor). 1917–85, German novelist and short-story writer; his novels include Group Portrait with Lady (1971): Nobel prize for literature 1972
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Scientific definitions for boll
[ bōl ]
The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.
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