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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree branch, especially a large or main branch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A firm branch of a tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An arm or branch of a tree, esp. a large arm or main branch.
  • n. A gallows.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover over or shade with boughs.
  • An obsolete spelling of bo.
  • To strip of boughs.
  • To send out boughs.
  • n. An arm or branch of a tree.
  • n. The gallows.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of bow.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of buff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the larger branches of a tree

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English bōh; see bhāghu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old English bōg ("shoulder, bough"), from Proto-Germanic *bōguz (“upper arm, shoulder”) (compare German Bug ("shoulder, hock, joint")), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāǵʰus (“forearm, elbow”) (compare Ancient Greek πῆχυς (pēchys, "forearm"), Old Armenian բազուկ (bazuk, "arm, forearm, bough"), Persian بازو (bāzu, "upper arm"), Sanskrit बाहु (bahus, "arm")). (Wiktionary)

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