oeil-de-boeuf

noun (1)
\ ˌər-də-ˈbəf How to pronounce oeil-de-boeuf (audio) , ˌə- \
plural oeils-de-boeuf\ ˌər-​də-​ˈbəf How to pronounce oeils-de-boeuf (audio) , ˌə-​ \

Definition of oeil-de-boeuf

 (Entry 1 of 3)

langue de boeuf

noun (2)
\ ¦läŋdə¦bə(r)f, -bə̄f \
plural langues de boeuf\ " \

Definition of langue de boeuf (Entry 2 of 3)

: a pike with a blade very wide at the head and tapering rapidly to a point used especially in the 15th century also : a short sword or dagger of this shape

sang de boeuf

noun (3)
\ säⁿdəbə̄f \

Definition of sang de boeuf (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an opaque claret red to brownish red reduced copper glaze developed in China during the Kʽang Hsi period and used chiefly on porcelain wares

First Known Use of oeil-de-boeuf

Noun (1)

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oeil-de-boeuf

Noun (1)

French œil-de-bœuf, literally, ox's eye

Noun (2)

Middle English lange de boef, from Middle French langue de bœuf, literally, ox tongue

Noun (3)

French, oxblood

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“Oeil-de-boeuf.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boeuf. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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