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bullion

[boo l-yuh n] /ˈbʊl yən/
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
1300-1350
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
Related forms
bullionless, adjective
Can be confused
bouillon, bullion.
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British Dictionary definitions for bullionless

bullion

/ˈbʊljən/
noun
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
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for bullionless

bullion

n.

early 15c., "uncoined gold or silver," from Anglo-French bullion "bar of precious metal," also "place where coins are made, mint," perhaps, through the notion of "melting," from Old French boillir "to boil," from Latin bullire "boil" (see boil (v.)). But perhaps it is rather from Old French bille "stick, block of wood" (see billiards).

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