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Origin of bough
Examples from the Web for boughs
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.
A light wind was blowing, and their clothes, hung on boughs, were beginning already to dry.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
After collecting a handful of boughs, string them on a stick which you have previously prepared (Fig. 4).Shelters, Shacks and Shanties|D.C. Beard
Under a low hanging larch tree was a bed of boughs, and on it lay Francezka, sleeping.Francezka|Molly Elliot Seawell
Pheasants ran too, but noiselessly, and pigeons rose from the boughs above.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
The man comes back, and is greeted with boughs and bays, with love and laurel.
Word Origin for bough
Old English bog "shoulder, arm," extended in Old English to "twig, branch" (cf. limb (n.1)), from Proto-Germanic *bogaz (cf. Old Norse bogr "shoulder," Old High German buog, German Bug "shoulder, hock, joint"), from PIE *bhagus "elbow, forearm" (cf. Sanskrit bahus "arm," Armenian bazuk, Greek pakhys "forearm"). The "limb of a tree" sense is peculiar to English.