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boule1

[bool] /bul/
noun
1.
Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
2.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
3.
Sometimes, boules. pétanque.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

boule2

[bool] /bul/
noun, (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
1.
buhl.
Also called boulework
[bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/ (Show IPA)
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Boule

[boo-lee, boo-ley] /ˈbu li, buˈleɪ/
noun
1.
the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.
Origin
1840-50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones
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British Dictionary definitions for boule

boule1

/ˈbuːliː/
noun
1.
the parliament in modern Greece
2.
the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
Word Origin
C19: from Greek boulē senate

boule2

/buːl/
noun
1.
a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
Word Origin
C19: from French: ball

boule3

/buːl/
noun
1.
a round loaf of white bread
Word Origin
C20: from French: a ball

boulle

/buːl/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
noun
2.
Also called boullework. something ornamented with such marquetry
Word Origin
C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinet-maker
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