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

  • n. Music A brass wind instrument somewhat shorter than a trumpet and lacking keys or valves.
  • intransitive v. Music To sound a bugle.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a deep, prolonged sound similar to the bay of a hound.
  • n. A tubular glass or plastic bead used to trim clothing.
  • n. Any of several creeping Old World herbs of the genus Ajuga in the mint family, having opposite leaves, square stems, and terminal spikes of purplish to white flowers. Also called bugleweed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a simple brass instrument consisting of a horn with no valves, playing only pitches in its harmonic series
  • n. An often-cultivated plant in the family Lamiaceae.
  • n. anything shaped like a bugle, round or conical and having a bell on one end
  • n. a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes as a decorative trim
  • v. To announce, sing, or cry in the manner of a musical bugle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Jet black.
  • n. A sort of wild ox; a buffalo.
  • n. A horn used by hunters.
  • n. A copper instrument of the horn quality of tone, shorter and more conical that the trumpet, sometimes keyed; formerly much used in military bands, very rarely in the orchestra; now superseded by the cornet; -- called also the Kent bugle.
  • n. An elongated glass bead, of various colors, though commonly black.
  • n. A plant of the genus Ajuga of the Mint family, a native of the Old World.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sound a bugle.
  • n. A shining elongated glass bead, usually black, used in decorating female apparel: as, “bugle-bracelet,”
  • Having the color of a glass bugle; jet-black: as, “bugle eyeballs,”
  • n. A sort of wild ox; a buffalo.
  • n. A young bull.
  • n. A hunting-horn. Also called bugle-horn.
  • n. A military musical wind-instrument of brass, once or more curved, sometimes furnished with keys or valves, so as to be capable of producing all the notes of the scale.
  • n. The popular English name for a common low labiate plant of Europe, Ajuga reptans.

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

  • n. a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration
  • n. a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
  • n. any of various low-growing annual or perennial evergreen herbs native to Eurasia; used for ground cover
  • v. play on a bugle


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin būculus, steer, diminutive of bōs, ox.
Origin unknown.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin būgula (perhaps influenced by būglōssa, bugloss), from Latin būgillō.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Latin buculus ("young bull; ox; steer"). (Wiktionary)



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