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bouche

noun \ˈbüsh\

Definition of bouche

plural

-s

  1. 1 obsolete :  an allowance of food and drink for retinue in a royal or noble household

  2. 2 :  a slit in the edge of a medieval shield for a sword blade or a rounded opening for the shaft of a lance

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Origin and Etymology of bouche

Middle English, from Middle French, literally, mouth, from Latin bucca cheek, mouth


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bouche

noun \"\

Definition of bouche

plural

-s

  1. :  bushing

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Origin and Etymology of bouche

probably alteration (influenced by French boucher to stop up) of bush (bushing)


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bouché

adjective bou·ché \(ˈ)bü¦shā\

Definition of bouché

  1. :  stopped with the hand —used as a direction in music in horn playing

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Origin and Etymology of bouché

French, from past participle of boucher to stop up, from Old French, from (assumed) Old French bouche bunch, sheaf (whence Middle French bouche), perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German busc bush, forest


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