Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A local name for the Osage orange, or bow-wood. Also spelled bowdark. See Maclura.

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  • noun Alternate name for the osage orange tree.

Etymologies

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From French bois d'arc, from bois ("wood") and arc ("bow"), as the wood is used for making hunting bows.

Examples

  • Whether it's shot with a flint arrowhead and a bodark bow you made yourself, or a God-awful crossbow.

    Path to Enlightenment?

  • Whether it's shot with a flint arrowhead and a bodark bow you made yourself, or a God-awful crossbow.

    Path to Enlightenment?

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  • Bodark is a corruption of bois d'arc, the name given the wood and tree by French fur trappers in the eighteenth century. It means wood of the bow. Bodark is the name commonly used in Texas.

    January 1, 2012