The Collaborative International Dictionary
Boll \Boll\, n. [OE. bolle boll, bowl, AS. bolla. See Bowl a vessel.]
The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.
A Scotch measure, formerly in use: for wheat and beans it contained four Winchester bushels; for oats, barley, and potatoes, six bushels. A boll of meal is 140 lbs. avoirdupois. Also, a measure for salt of two bushels.
Clay \Clay\ (kl[=a]), n. [AS. cl[=ae]g; akin to LG. klei, D. klei, and perh. to AS. cl[=a]m clay, L. glus, gluten glue, Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog.]
A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.
(Poetry & Script.) Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles.
I also am formed out of the clay.
--Job xxxiii. 6.
The earth is covered thick with other clay, Which her own clay shall cover.
Bowlder clay. See under Bowlder.
Brick clay, the common clay, containing some iron, and therefore turning red when burned.
Clay cold, cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate.
Clay ironstone, an ore of iron consisting of the oxide or carbonate of iron mixed with clay or sand.
Clay marl, a whitish, smooth, chalky clay.
Clay mill, a mill for mixing and tempering clay; a pug mill.
Clay pit, a pit where clay is dug.
Clay slate (Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite.
Fire clay, a variety of clay, entirely free from lime, iron, or an alkali, and therefore infusible, and used for fire brick.
Porcelain clay, a very pure variety, formed directly from the decomposition of feldspar, and often called kaolin.
Potter's clay, a tolerably pure kind, free from iron.
Böle may refer to the following places in Northern Europe:
Bôle is a former municipality in the district of Boudry in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The municipalities of Auvernier, Bôle and Colombier merged on 1 January 2013 into the new municipality of Milvignes.
Bole is a shade of reddish brown. The color term derives from Latin (or dirt) and refers to a kind of soft fine clay whose reddish-brown varieties are used as pigments. Although bole also means the trunk of a tree, these words are simply homographs that do not share an etymological origin.
Böle (Piteå Municipality)
Böle is a locality situated in Piteå Municipality, Norrbotten County, Sweden with 424 inhabitants in 2010.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 14c., from Old Norse bolr "tree trunk," from Proto-Germanic *bulas (cognates: Middle Dutch bolle "trunk of a tree"), from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cognates: Greek phyllon "leaf," phallos "swollen penis;" Latin flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish," folium "leaf;" Old Prussian balsinis "cushion;" Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows;" Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl;" Old Irish bolgaim "I swell," blath "blossom, flower," bolach "pimple," bolg "bag;" Breton bolc'h "flax pod;" Serbian buljiti "to stare, be bug-eyed;" Serbo-Croatian blazina "pillow").
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Etymology 1 n. 1 The trunk or stem of a tree. 2 (context Scotland English) An aperture with a shutter in the wall of a house, for giving air or light. 3 (context Scotland English) A small closet. Etymology 2
n. 1 Any of several varieties of friable earthy clay, usually coloured red by iron oxide, and composed essentially of hydrous silicates of alumina, or more rarely of magnesia. 2 (context obsolete English) A bolus; a dose. Etymology 3
n. (alternative form of boll nodot=yes English) (old unit of measure)
n. a soft oily clay used as a pigment (especially a reddish brown pigment)
a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and closely related to Hausa [syn: Bolanci]
Usage examples of "bole".
He raised the staff, the eye in the bole glittering at Regis Aurum, holding him motionless, transfixed, while Thayne poured what thoughts he had left into the bole until he could see Regis through all its power and its eye.
In that moment of his dazedness, the Cumberian leaped, caught his arms, wrestled him toward the bole of the great black oak.
Everything about him was suddenly limned in an unnatural brightness, and the bole of the great tree was shrunken by a brilliant entasis that attacked from the north.
New Glitterer during the time it grew brighter and moved from its drift back to its place near the split in the bole of the pattern of the High Tree.
Yet the slow drifting of the New Glitterer and the small flames that shot from its side to move it back to its place near the split in the bole of the High Tree argued against it being a construct of the gods.
ASTONISHMENT and a lucky reflex caused Snuffy Gonner to pitch behind a palm tree bole instantly after the bullet clipped his ear.
In the centre was a raised pool, empty of water but filled with weeds, and in one corner of the courtyard a young hornbeam had pushed its way through the tiles, cracking them around its bole.
I remember a few years ago, out that way, there was a straight, tall, limbless bole right near the road.
To stand by a bole so ancient it is older than the oldest living memory of man gives such a sense of place in the world.
Burne had limped away and leaned his hand against the ice-slick bole of a tall ponderosa pine.
On reaching the height at which the first fern-shaped boughs sprang from the bole, we stepped without any difficulty upon a platform made of boards, nailed from one bough to another, and large enough to accommodate a dozen people.
It comes out of the ground as two ivy trunks on opposite sides of the stoutest bole, but at a height of four feet from the surface the two join and ascend the tree as one round iron-coloured and iron-hard stem, which goes curving and winding snakewise among the branches as if with the object of roping them to save them from being torn off by the winds.
Above a set of huge limbs that grew spokewise from the tremendous bole, a bolt of lightning had struck at some time long in the past.
I put Weena, still motionless, down upon a turfy bole, and very hastily, as my first lump of camphor waned, I began collecting sticks and leaves.
His companion was unhandily trimming branches from a pine bole, using an ivory-handled poniard.