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boccie

[boch-ee] /ˈbɒtʃ i/
noun
1.
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] /ˈbɒtʃ i; Italian ˈbɔt tʃi/ (Show IPA),
bocce
[boch-ee; Italian bawt-che] /ˈbɒtʃ i; Italian ˈbɔt tʃɛ/ (Show IPA),
boccia
[boch-uh; Italian bawt-chah] /ˈbɒtʃ ə; Italian ˈbɔt tʃɑ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball < Vulgar Latin *bottia round body
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British Dictionary definitions for bocce

boccie

/ˈbɒtʃiː/
noun
1.
an Italian version of bowls played on a lawn smaller than a bowling green
Word Origin
from Italian bocce bowls, plural of boccia ball; see boss²
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Word Origin and History for bocce
n.

from Italian bocce "(wooden) balls," plural of boccia, which is related to French bosse "bump, hump," perhaps from a Germanic source.

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