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noun (1)

ˈbȯl How to pronounce baule (audio)
plural -s
: the theoretical amount of nitrogen or other essential mineral constituent necessary to produce one-half of the maximum possible yield of a crop


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noun (2)

plural Baule or Baules
: a people of the Ivory Coast region of West Africa linguistically related to Ashanti and other peoples eastward and renowned for their carved statuary in wood
: a member of the Baule people

Word History


Noun (1)

after Bernhard Baule †1976 German mathematician

Note: The baule unit was defined by the mathematician Bernhard Baule (1891-1976, born in Münden, Hannover, resident in Graz, Austria, for much of his life) in the article "Zu Mitscherlichs Gesetz der physiologische Beziehungen," Landwirtschaftliche Jahrbücher, Band 51 (1918), pp. 363-85. The unit was based on an equation developed by the German agronomist Eilhard Alfred Mitscherlich (1874-1956).

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“Baule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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