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bowlder

[bohl-der] /ˈboʊl dər/
noun
1.

boulder

or bowlder

[bohl-der] /ˈboʊl dər/
noun
1.
a detached and rounded or worn rock, especially a large one.
Origin of boulder
dialectal Swedish
1610-1620
1610-20; short for boulder stone; Middle English bulderston < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish bullersten big stone (in a stream), equivalent to buller rumbling noise (< Old Swedish bulder) + sten stone
Related forms
bouldered, adjective
bouldery, adjective
Can be confused
bolder, boulder.
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  • A shadow fell among the group, and a man sat down on a bowlder hard by.

    'way Down In Lonesome Cove Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • At that I looked to the other side of the bowlder, and there was my friend of the monkey jacket.

  • If you could move the bowlder you could see me, but you can't.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman John Kendrick Bangs
  • "I won't waste any arrows on him," said the boy on the top of the bowlder.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • Applehead, safe behind a bowlder, pulled off his greasy, gray Stetson and polished his bald head disconcertedly.

  • Severne rode to the bowlder in the dark gorge—I am sure it was the dark gorge—and turned.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • Through his remarks on bowlders, he gave rise to the later theories of Berzelius and Sfstrom of a bowlder period.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Well, we got over the bowlder field—Fitz as spryly as any of us.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • He swung the senseless body outward, and it shot downward like a bowlder, and with a loud splash vanished beneath the surface.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
  • With a single blow from another stone the bowlder was made to fall in two.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for bowlder

boulder

/ˈbəʊldə/
noun
1.
a smooth rounded mass of rock that has a diameter greater than 25cm and that has been shaped by erosion and transported by ice or water from its original position
2.
(geology) a rock fragment with a diameter greater than 256 mm and thus bigger than a cobble
Derived Forms
bouldery, adjective
Word Origin
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect bullersten, from Old Swedish bulder rumbling + stenstone
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Word Origin and History for bowlder

boulder

n.

1670s, variant of Middle English bulder (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source akin to Swedish dialectal bullersten "noisy stone" (large stone in a stream, causing water to roar around it), from bullra "to roar" + sten "stone." Or the first element might be from *buller- "round object," from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to inflate, swell" (see bole).

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