boule

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[bool]
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noun

Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
Sometimes boules. pétanque.

Origin of boule

1
1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

boule

2
[bool]

noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.

Also called boule·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.

Boule

[boo-lee, boo-ley]

noun

the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.

Origin of Boule

1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones

buhl

or boule, boulle

[bool]

noun (often initial capital letter)

elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

Origin of buhl

1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
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British Dictionary definitions for boule

boule

1

noun

the parliament in modern Greece
the senate of an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin for boule

C19: from Greek boulē senate

boule

2

noun

a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum

Word Origin for boule

C19: from French: ball

boule

3

noun

a round loaf of white bread

Word Origin for boule

C20: from French: a ball

buhl

adjective, noun

the usual US spelling of boulle
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