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bole 1

The trunk of a tree.

[Middle English, from Old Norse bolr; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bole 2

1. Any of various soft fine clays, especially a reddish-brown variety used as a pigment.
2. A moderate reddish brown.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin bōlus; see bolus.]

bole adj.


(Botany) the trunk of a tree
[C14: from Old Norse bolr; related to Middle High German bole plank]


(bəʊl) or


1. (Dyeing) a reddish soft variety of clay used as a pigment
2. (Colours) a moderate reddish-brown colour
[C13: from Late Latin bōlus lump, from Greek bōlos]



the trunk of a tree.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse bolr]


- Another name for the trunk of a tree.
See also related terms for trunk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bole - a soft oily clay used as a pigment (especially a reddish brown pigment)
dirt, soil - the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
2.bole - the main stem of a treebole - the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
3.Bole - a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and closely related to Hausa
West Chadic - a group of Chadic languages spoken in northern Nigeria; Hausa in the most important member


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References in classic literature ?
Her neck came up strongly out of her shoulders, like the bole of a tree out of the turf.
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.
Nimbly the lad sprang to its bole, clinging cat-like for an instant before he clambered quietly to the ground below.
It was at that moment that the recluse caught sight, from the window of her bole, of the gypsy on the pillory, and hurled at her her sinister imprecation,--
Perry was much interested in the unique habitation, which resembled nothing so much as a huge wasp's nest built around the bole of a tree well above the ground.
What could have so suddenly transformed his matter-of-fact ascent of the giant bole to the swift and wary action of his detour among the branches?
Into this he crumbled a few bits of dry bark, minutely shredded, after which he inserted the tip of his pointed stick, and, sitting astride the bole of the tree, spun the slender rod rapidly between his palms.
Holding the girl at arm's length in one hand, Number One tore the battling Chinaman from him with the other, and lifting him bodily above his head, hurled him stunned and bleeding against the bole of a giant buttress tree.
At the sound of the report, the Kro-lu leaped back and raised their weapons; but as I was smiling, they took heart and lowered them again, following my eyes to the tree; the shaft of their chief was gone, and through the bole was a little round hole marking the path of my bullet.
He saw that the reptile was not looking in his direction, and so he slipped noiselessly behind the bole of a large tree and thence quietly faded away in the direction he believed the others to have taken.
This man showed me one which a party of fugitive royalists had cut down fourteen years ago; and taking this as a criterion, I should think a bole a foot and a half in diameter would in thirty years be changed into a heap of mould.
Backing off fifteen or twenty feet from the bole of the tree beneath the branches of which Tarzan worked upon his rope, Gazan scampered quickly forward, scrambling nimbly upward to the lower limbs.