bois d'arc


ˈbō-ˌdä(r)k How to pronounce bois d'arc (audio)
 dialectal also  ˈbwä-,
plural bois d'arcs or bois d'arc
: osage orange
also : its wood

Word History


American French, literally, bow wood

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bois d'arc was in 1805

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“Bois d'arc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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