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

  • n. The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant.
  • v. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A round vessel for containing liquids; a bowl. See bowl, of which boll is the earlier spelling.
  • n. A vesicle or bubble.
  • n. A rounded pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton. See cut under cotton-plant.
  • n. A round knob.
  • To form into or produce bolls or rounded seed-vessels.
  • n. An old Scotch dry measure, also used in Durham, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and the Isle of Man.
  • Same as boln.
  • To increase.

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

  • n. the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant

Etymologies

Middle English, from Middle Dutch bolle, round object; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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