bois d'arc

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Bois d'arc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bois%20d%27arc. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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