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[bil-oh-ee] /ˈbɪl oʊ i/
adjective, billowier, billowiest.
characterized by or full of billows; surging:
a rough, billowy sea.
Origin of billowy
1605-15; billow + -y1
Related forms
billowiness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for billowy


full of or forming billows: a billowy sea
Derived Forms
billowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for billowy

1610s, from billow (n.) + -y (2). Related: Billowiness.

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