boule

1 [bool]
noun
1.
Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
2.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
3.
Sometimes, boules. pétanque.

Origin:
1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

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boule

2 [bool]
noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
Also called boulework [bool-wurk] .

Boule

[boo-lee, boo-ley] .
noun
1.
the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones

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boule1 (ˈbuːliː)
 
n
1.  the parliament in modern Greece
2.  the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
 
[C19: from Greek boulē senate]

boule2 (buːl)
 
n
a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
 
[C19: from French: ball]

boule3 (buːl)
 
n
a round loaf of white bread
 
[C20: from French: a ball]

boulle, boule or buhl (buːl)
 
adj
1.  denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
 
n
2.  Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]
 
boule, boule or buhl
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]
 
buhl, boule or buhl
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]

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