Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A firm branch of a tree.

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

  • noun any of the larger branches of a tree

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English bōh; see bhāghu- in Indo-European roots.]

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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")).

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