[ bool-uh, buhl-uh ]
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noun,plural bul·lae [bool-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.

  1. Pathology. a large vesicle.

  2. Zoology. a blisterlike or bubblelike prominence of a bone, as that of the tympanic bone in the skull of certain mammals.

Origin of bulla

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

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/ (ˈbʊlə, ˈbʌlə) /

nounplural -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

  1. pathol another word for blister (def. 1)

  2. anatomy a rounded bony projection

Origin of bulla

C19: from Latin: round object, bubble

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