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Thursday, August 23, 2012

bole

\bohl\ , noun;
1.
the stem or trunk of a tree.
Quotes:
...this time found that it was nought alive, but the bole of a tree sitting high out of the water.
-- William Morris, The Water of the Wondrous Isles
He moved toward the bole eagerly. The tree was shorter than it was wide, the branches enormous appendages that flung to the sides in a giant welcome.
-- K.M. Frontain, The Gryphon Taint
Origin:
Bole stems directly from the Old Norse word bolr which meant "trunk."
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