a branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.

before 1000; Middle English bogh, Old English bōg, bōh shoulder, bough; cognate with Old Norse bōgr, Dutch boeg, German Bug, Greek pêchys, Sanskrit bāhu

boughless, adjective
underbough, noun

bough, bow, branch (see synonym study at branch).

1. See branch. Unabridged
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bough (baʊ)
any of the main branches of a tree
[Old English bōg arm, twig; related to Old Norse bōgr shoulder, ship's bow, Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēkhus forearm, Sanskrit bāhu; see bow³, elbow]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bog "shoulder, arm," extended O.E. to "twig, branch" (cf. limb), from P.Gmc. *bogaz (cf. O.N. bogr "shoulder," O.H.G. buog, Ger. Bug "shoulder, hock, joint"), from PIE *bhagus "elbow, forearm" (cf. Skt. bahus "arm," Armenian bazuk, Gk. pakhys "forearm"). The "limb of a
tree" sense is peculiar to English.
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Example sentences
Jeff slung the rope over a strong bough.
It catches its prey by springing down from the bough of a tree.
Among the floral offerings were a half-dozen white roses and a bough of holly.
Their first two years on the property, the Mahood family lived in a bough hut.
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