Bullion-fringe

bullion

[bool-yuhn]
noun
1.
gold or silver considered in mass rather than in value.
2.
gold or silver in the form of bars or ingots.
3.
Also called bullion fringe. a thick trimming of cord covered with gold or silver thread, for decorating uniforms.
4.
embroidery or lace worked with gold wire or gold or silver cords.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English: melted mass of gold or silver < Anglo-Latin bulliōn- (stem of bulliō) in same sense (< Anglo-French bullion mint), literally, a boiling, equivalent to bull(īre) to bubble, boil1 + -iōn- -ion

bullionless, adjective

bouillon, bullion.
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bullion (ˈbʊljən)
 
n
1.  gold or silver in mass
2.  gold or silver in the form of bars and ingots, suitable for further processing
3.  Also called: bullion fringe a thick gold or silver wire or fringed cord used as a trimming, as on military uniforms
 
[C14 (in the sense: melted gold or silver): from Anglo-French: mint, probably from Old French bouillir to boil, from Latin bullīre]

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bullion
early 15c., "uncoined gold or silver," from Anglo-Norm. bullion "bar of precious metal," also "place where coins are made, mint," perhaps, through the notion of "melting," from O.Fr. boillir "to boil," from L. bullire "boil." But perhaps it is rather from O.Fr. bille "stick, block of wood."
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