\ ˈbük, ˈbōk \
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Definition of bowk

: to steep (textile materials) often with boiling in a bath usually containing lime, soda, or soap in order to cleanse before bleaching

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History and Etymology for bowk

Middle English bouken (to soak)

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“Bowk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bowk. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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