Meaning of “boll” in the English Dictionary

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"boll" in English

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bollnoun [ C ]

uk /bəʊl/ us /boʊl/

Examples from literature

  • As the blossoms die they are replaced by the young bolls, or pods, which contain the seeds. 
  • At first cotton-picking was interesting, the fluffy bolls looking like artificial roses and the stray blossoms strangely shaped and delicately pink. 
  • In the autumn you see the pod or boll which contains the cotton. 
  • The bolls are placed on racks, and are sun-dried, after which the husks are removed by hand. 
  • The top of the cotton stalk glimmered with a purple bloom, but down between the rows, among the dying leaves, the first bolls were opening. 

(Definition of “boll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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