\ ˈbōl How to pronounce boll (audio) \

Definition of boll

: 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 Tross posted about the incident on Facebook last week, including a photo of the boll of cotton that her daughter took home from school. Justin Murphy, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Prior to the storm’s landfall, much of the Louisiana and Mississippi cotton crops were in open boll stage. Jim Foerster, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 As children in the 1960s, Collier and his siblings worked the cotton fields around Black Swamp, lugging burlap sacks up and down long rows and pulling white bolls from between the plants’ needle-like stems. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2020 Many bolls are left unpicked owing to labour shortages. The Economist, 8 Apr. 2020 Ceiling lights by Arturo Alvarez resemble cotton bolls. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2020 Putting so much water into fattening rice grains and swelling cotton bolls seems a criminal waste of a precious resource that urban areas are crying out for. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 8 July 2019 Engineering students at Enterprise High School used 3-D printers last year to create miniature boll-weevil monument Christmas ornaments. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2017 Cotton seed is sprouting inside the bolls, and any salvageable lint is stained and of poor quality. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of boll

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boll

Middle English

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\ ˈbōl How to pronounce boll (audio) \

Kids Definition of boll

: the usually roundish pod of some plants cotton bolls

Böll biographical name

\ ˈbəl How to pronounce Böll (audio) , ˈbœl \

Definition of Böll

Heinrich Theodor 1917–1985 German writer

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