bocce

boccie

[boch-ee]
noun
an Italian variety of lawn bowling played on a dirt court that is shorter and narrower than the rink of a bowling green.
Also, bocci [boch-ee; Italian bawt-chee] , bocce [boch-ee; Italian bawt-che] , boccia [boch-uh; Italian bawt-chah] .


Origin:
1900–05; < Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball < Vulgar Latin *bottia round body

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boccie, bocci, bocce or boccia (ˈbɒtʃiː, ˈbɒtʃə)
 
n
an Italian version of bowls played on a lawn smaller than a bowling green
 
[from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss²]
 
bocci, bocci, bocce or boccia
 
n
 
[from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss²]
 
bocce, bocci, bocce or boccia
 
n
 
[from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss²]
 
boccia, bocci, bocce or boccia
 
n
 
[from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss²]

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bocce
from It. bocce "(wooden) balls," pl. of boccia, which is related to Fr. bosse "bump, hump," perhaps from a Gmc. source.
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