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boil

noun
 
 
/bɔɪl/
bring sth to the boil to heat something until it starts to produce bubbles and steam: Bring the water to the boil, then add the rice.Preparing food using heatPreparing foodPhysical and chemical processes
[C] a red swollen area on the skin that is infectedSkin complaints and blemishes
Translations of “boil”
in Korean 종기…
in Arabic بَثرة, حَبّة…
in French furoncle…
in Turkish çıban…
in Italian foruncolo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 腫, 癤子,膿瘡…
in Russian нарыв…
in Polish czyrak…
in Spanish furúnculo…
in Portuguese furúnculo…
in German das Geschwür…
in Catalan furóncol…
in Japanese 腫れ物, おでき…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肿, 疖子,脓疮…
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