Meaning of “bough” in the English Dictionary

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"bough" in English

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boughnoun [ C ]

uk /baʊ/ us /baʊ/ literary

Examples from literature

  • Moreover, fruit trees by bending their boughs towards the earth seem to offer their crop to man. 
  • Sturdy maples threw curving, interlacing boughs across, through which the sun-light filtered and flickered. 
  • The cold sunlight came through the golden maple boughs and lay in patches on the undergrowth of drying golden-rod and asters. 
  • The natives cut the road, digging a ditch which they covered over with boughs and earth. 
  • There were the beehives, and the bees humming among the orchard boughs. 

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

"bough" in American English

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boughnoun [ C ]

us /bɑʊ/

a large branch of a tree

(Definition of “bough” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)