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bolo

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[ boh-loh ]
/ ˈboʊ loʊ /
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Definition of bolo

noun, plural bo·los.
a large, heavy, single-edged knife or machete for hacking, used in the Philippines and by the U.S. Army.
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Origin of bolo

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First recorded in 1900–05; from Philippine Spanish; further origin uncertain

Other definitions for bolo (2 of 3)

bolo2
[ boh-loh ]
/ ˈboʊ loʊ /
U.S. Military Slang.

noun, plural bo·los.
a soldier who does not meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.
a clumsy or incompetent soldier.
verb (used without object), bo·loed, bo·lo·ing.
to fail to meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.

Origin of bolo

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First recorded in 1915–20; said to be after Bolo Pascha (died 1918), German agent in France during World War I

Other definitions for bolo (3 of 3)

bolo3
[ boh-loh ]
/ ˈboʊ loʊ /

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bolo

bolo
/ (ˈbəʊləʊ) /

noun plural -los
a large single-edged knife, originating in the Philippines

Word Origin for bolo

Philippine Spanish, probably from a native word
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