noun (1)
bul·​len | \ ˈbu̇lə̇n \
variants: or bullen nail
plural -s

Definition of bullen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nail with a round head and short shank, tinned and lacquered


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of bullen (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device for catching large turtles consisting essentially of a metal ring that settles over the turtle and an attached net in which it becomes entangled

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History and Etymology for bullen

Noun (1)

alteration of earlier bullion-nail, from bullion (boss on harness) + nail

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Bullen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullen. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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