bouche

1 of 3

noun (1)

ˈbüsh
plural -s
1
obsolete : an allowance of food and drink for retinue in a royal or noble household
2
: a slit in the edge of a medieval shield for a sword blade or a rounded opening for the shaft of a lance

bouche

2 of 3

noun (2)

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plural -s

bouché

3 of 3

adjective

bou·​ché
(ˈ)bü¦shā
: stopped with the hand
used as a direction in music in horn playing

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Adjective

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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“Bouche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bouche. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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