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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
boll
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
boll weevil
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Closet Republicans they are called by some, boll weevils by others.
▪ The boll weevil infests cotton fields and millionaires go bankrupt.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Boll

Boll \Boll\, n. [OE. bolle boll, bowl, AS. bolla. See Bowl a vessel.]

  1. The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.

  2. 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.

Boll

Boll \Boll\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bolled.] To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.

The barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
--Ex. ix. 31.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
boll

Old English bolla "bowl, cup, pot," merged with Middle Dutch bolle "round object," borrowed 13c., both from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). Influenced in meaning by Latin bulla "bubble, ball," ultimately from the same PIE root. Extended c.1500 to "round seed pod of flax or cotton." Boll weevil is 1895, American English.\n\nIn south Texas, among Spanish-speaking people, the insect is generally known as the 'picudo,' a descriptive name which refers to the snout or beak of the insect. English-speaking planters generally referred to the insect at first as 'the sharpshooter,' a term which for many years has been applied to any insect which causes through its punctures the shedding of the squares or the rotting of the bolls. As there are several native insects that are commonly called sharpshooters and which, though injurious, are by no means to be compared with this insect, it becomes necessary to discourage in every way the use of the word sharpshooter as applied to this weevil. The adoption of the term 'Mexican cotton-boll weevil' for the new pest is recommended.

[New Mexico College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin No. 19, April 1896]

\nA case of entomology meddling in etymology.
Wiktionary
boll

n. 1 The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant. 2 An old Scots dry measure, equal to six bushels. vb. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.

WordNet
boll
  1. n. the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant

  2. German novelist and writer of short stories (1917-1985) [syn: Heinrich Boll, Heinrich Theodor Boll]

Wikipedia
Boll (surname)

Boll or Böll is a German, Danish & English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Buzz Boll (1911–1990), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Don Boll (1927–2001), American football player
  • Ernst Boll (1817–1868), German naturalist and historian
  • Fabian Boll (born 1979), German football player
  • Franz Boll (philologist) (1867–1924), German historian of astrology
  • Franz Boll (historian) (1805–1875), theologian and historian
  • Franz Christian Boll (1849–1879), discoverer of rhodopsin
  • Greg Boll (born 1960), American politician
  • Heinrich Böll (1917–1985), German novelist (Nobel Prize Literature 1972)
  • Jacob Boll (1828–1880), Swiss naturalist and entomologist
  • Jared Boll (born 1986), American ice hockey player
  • Paul Boll (born 1986), German ice dancer
  • Robert Henry Boll (1875–1956), preacher in the Churches of Christ
  • Timo Boll (born 1981), German table tennis player
  • Uwe Boll (born 1965), German movie director
  • Pedro Edmundo Boll (born 1961), Brazilian Accountant
  • Pedro Edmundo Boll Júnior (born 1990), Brazilian Accountant
Boll

Boll may refer to:

  • Boll (surname)
  • BOLL, a protein in humans
  • 7873 Böll, a main-belt asteroid
  • Boll case, a 1958 International Court of Justice case
  • Boll KG, Uwe Boll's personal production company
  • Boll, the protective case in which cotton grows

Usage examples of "boll".

Boll Marchell while Gweanvin considered the point that Marchell was not with the lunching group of bigwigs, which probably meant he would not be present at the upcoming test.

I noted under this weak and wayward sun, had three tall stones planted on it, seeming like the bolls of trees whose branches had long ago been riven away by some storm wind.

He began passing out copies of the Evacuation Plans Emily Boll had given him forty minutes before.

Not much ease, though, for Paul Benden, Emily Boll, Joel Lilienkamp, Desi Arthied, Ezra Keroon, and the other captains with Theo Force and Ben Byrne representing the dolphineers.

Cormack so much as plucked a boll, let alone jumped down, turned around and picked a bale.

They caught him and his master, Fianelli, who had been hiding like a boll weevil right in the middle of his hunters.

On the forty-second day after First Fall, with Thread crossing uninhabited parts of Araby and Cathay and falling harmlessly in the Northern Sea above Delta, missing Dorado´s western prong, Admiral Benden and Governor Boll decreed a day of rest and leisure for all.

On the forty-second day after First Fall, with Thread crossing uninhabited parts of Araby and Cathay and falling harmlessly in the Northern Sea above Delta, missing Dorado's western prong, Admiral Benden and Governor Boll decreed a day of rest and leisure for all.

Sociologists James Bossard and Eleanor Boll, after examining one hundred published autobiographies, found seventy-three in which the writers described procedures which were "unequivocally classifiable as family rituals.

Bridgely took in a deep breath, but a sudden short blow to his midriff by Azury robbed him of wind to speak and he was Ihelpless as the Southern Boll Holder dragged him out of the room.

Bridgely took in a deep breath, but a sudden short blow to his midriff by Azury robbed him of wind to speak and he was Helpless as the Southern Boll Holder dragged him out of the room.

On the one minisled brought along, Emily Boll flew between the agronomy survey and the control tower, correlating data.

  On the one minisled brought along, Emily Boll flew between the agronomy survey and the control tower, correlating data.

The boll weevil came along and ate all the cotton, and we had to find something else to do with the land.

Co-Lateral Symbiosis of the Boll Weevil, and so on, through three inches of fine print The old boy seemed to be a heavyweight.