\ ˈbōl How to pronounce boll (audio) \

Definition of boll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the usually roundish pod or capsule of some plants (such as cotton or flax)


biographical name
\ ˈbəl How to pronounce Böll (audio) , ˈbœl\

Definition of Böll (Entry 2 of 2)

Heinrich Theodor 1917–1985 German writer

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Engineering students at Enterprise High School used 3-D printers last year to create miniature boll-weevil monument Christmas ornaments. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Fear No Weevil: A Small Southern Town Embraces its Peculiar Monument," 10 Sep. 2017 Cotton seed is sprouting inside the bolls, and any salvageable lint is stained and of poor quality. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid Harvey recovery, small businesses roll up sleeves and get back to work," 8 Sep. 2017 There could also be problems for cotton growers if heavy rains fall on the plants as the bolls are starting to open, said Don Keeney, a meteorologist at MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Brian K Sullivan,, "Harvey Threatens Gulf Coast, Sending Gasoline Higher," 22 Aug. 2017 At the Daughters’ memorial building, a design adorns the massive bronze doors — a cotton boll. USA TODAY, "Ex-capital of the Confederacy grapples with statues, race and reconciliation," 18 Aug. 2017 An inspector will be sent out to place a boll weevil trap in my yard. Dan Gill,, "Louisiana requires gardeners to register all cotton plants, even in home gardens," 22 July 2017 WRECKING BOLL The playoffs for winger Jared Boll have mirrored his regular season – a lot of game nights the warm-up before the game is the extent of his action. Eric Stephens, Orange County Register, "Ducks Notes: Idle Patrick Eaves keeps mind occupied as he waits to heal," 14 May 2017 A particular synthetic blend was developed specifically for the boll weevil. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American History," 31 May 2017 Made of Argentinium silver by Birmingham jewelry designer Sarah Morgan, these charms come in a variety of options that celebrate our state, including the Alabama flag, a cotton boll, an eagle head, USS Alabama, The Vulcan and more., "15 Alabama-made gifts for Mother's Day," 10 May 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boll


Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of boll

: the part of the cotton plant that contains the seeds


\ ˈbōl How to pronounce boll (audio) \

Kids Definition of boll

: the usually roundish pod of some plants cotton bolls

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