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bulla

[boo l-uh, buhl-uh]
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noun, plural bul·lae [boo l-ee, buhl-ee] /ˈbʊl i, ˈbʌl i/.
  1. a seal attached to an official document, as a papal bull.
  2. an ancient Roman pendant, consisting of a rounded box containing an amulet.
  3. Pathology. a large vesicle.
  4. Zoology. a blisterlike or bubblelike prominence of a bone, as that of the tympanic bone in the skull of certain mammals.
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Origin of bulla

1840–50; < Latin: bubble, also stud, boss, knob (whence Medieval Latin bulla official seal)
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Examples from the Web for bulla

Historical Examples

  • "But we're getting all we can out of the old hooker as it is," Bulla objected.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • Both Beamish and Bulla, borne down by the weight of numbers, had been secured.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • They were generally enclosed in a bulla, and suspended from the neck.

    Jewellery

    H. Clifford Smith,

  • The bulla attains its maximum development in Chinchilla and Dipus.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The wood-cut illustrating this genus has the appearance of a Bulla.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby


British Dictionary definitions for bulla

bulla

noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. a leaden seal affixed to a papal bull, having a representation of Saints Peter and Paul on one side and the name of the reigning pope on the other
  2. an ancient Roman rounded metal or leather box containing an amulet, worn around the neck
  3. pathol another word for blister (def. 1)
  4. anatomy a rounded bony projection
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: round object, bubble
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Word Origin and History for bulla

n.

1876, from Latin bulla (plural bullae), literally "bubble" (see bull (n.2)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bulla in Medicine

bulla

(bulə)
n. pl. bul•lae (bulē)
  1. A large blister or vesicle of pathological origin.
  2. A bubblelike structure.
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