1 [bohl]
noun Botany.
the stem or trunk of a tree.

1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse bolr trunk (of a tree), torso; see bulwark Unabridged


2 [bohl]
any of a variety of soft, unctuous clays of various colors, used as pigments.
a medium red-brown color made from such clay.
Also, bolus.

1350–1400; Middle English bol < Late Latin bōlus lump; see bolus Unabridged
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bole1 (bəʊl)
the trunk of a tree
[C14: from Old Norse bolr; related to Middle High German bole plank]

bole or bolus2 (bəʊl)
1.  a reddish soft variety of clay used as a pigment
2.  a moderate reddish-brown colour
[C13: from Late Latin bōlus lump, from Greek bōlos]
bolus or bolus2
[C13: from Late Latin bōlus lump, from Greek bōlos]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.N. bolr "tree trunk," from P.Gmc. *bulas (cf. M.Du. bolle "trunk of a tree"), from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (cf. Gk. phyllon "leaf," phallos "swollen penis;" L. flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish," folium "leaf;" O.Prus. balsinis "cushion;" O.N. belgr "bag, bellows;"
O.E. bolla "pot, cup, bowl;" O.Ir. bolgaim "I swell," blath "blossom, flower," bolach "pimple," bolg "bag;" Bret. bolc'h "flax pod;" Serb. buljiti "to stare, be bug-eyed;" Serbo-Croat. blazina "pillow").
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Example sentences
Crown length is updated annually by adding height growth and subtracting change
  in clear bole length.
Mostly an upper bole rot, but decay may occur anywhere on the bole.
Bole cankers appear to be a more advanced symptom of the disease.
Crystallized, white resin produced by bole cankers often coats lower limbs and
  several feet of bark below the infection.
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