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

Examples of boll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outlines of flowers, leaves and cotton bolls mark the glass panels in the station shelters. Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Top things off with uniquely Southern elements, straight from your local florist, nursery, or—even better—your own backyard, like a single cotton boll, eucalyptus flowers, or shiny Elaeagnus leaves. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 1 Nov. 2023 In Texas in June, cotton plants alarmingly shed their bolls, the hard fruits that hold the valuable fiber, in order to survive the metabolic stress of hot nights. WIRED, 4 Aug. 2023 The Calico Rose quilt shop in Florence now has one, as do Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, the Todd Farms General Store in Headland, the Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn at the Birmingham Zoo and even the historic cotton gin just off the town square in Moulton, which boasts a colorful cotton boll square. Michelle Matthews |, al, 13 July 2022 Paul Ollerton pulled white locks off a cotton boll. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2023 The bluebonnet has been Texas’ state’s flower since 1901 and beat out the cotton boll and the cactus for that title, according to Texas A&M archives. Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2022 Cotton boll weevils, which originated in Mexico, were first identified in Beeville, Tex., in 1894. Mary Beth Gahan, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 In October's first computer boll based on ratings from, Moeller, Badin and Wyoming are all top seeds in their respective divisions. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 4 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boll was in the 15th century

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“Boll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the usually roundish pod of some plants
cotton bolls

Biographical Definition


biographical name

ˈbəl How to pronounce Böll (audio)
Heinrich Theodor 1917–1985 German writer

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