boules

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]

boules (bul)
 
pl n
(functioning as singular) a game, popular in France, in which metal bowls are thrown to land as near as possible to a target ball. It is played on rough surfaces
 
[plural of bouleball1; see bowl²]

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