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bou·le 1(bo͞o′lē, bo͞o-lā′)
1. The lower house of the modern Greek legislature.
a. The senate of 400 founded by Solon in ancient Athens.
b. A legislative assembly in any one of the ancient Greek states.
a. often boules (bo͞ol) Any of several related bowling games, such as bocce or pétanque, traditionally played on an outdoor court.
b. The ball used in one of these games.
2. A round loaf of bread.
3. A pear-shaped synthetic sapphire, ruby, or other alumina-based gem, produced by fusing and tinting alumina.
[French, ball, boule, from Old French, ball, from Latin bulla, rounded object, bubble.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the parliament in modern Greece
2. (Historical Terms) the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
[C19: from Greek boulē senate]
(Jewellery) a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
[C19: from French: ball]
(Cookery) a round loaf of white bread
[C20: from French: a ball]
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a single crystal of material produced by a fusion process and used for making synthetic gemstones.
[1915–20; < French]
Bou•le(ˈbu li, buˈleɪ)
n., pl. -les.
1. the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
2. (usu. l.c.) a legislative council in ancient Greek states.
[1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones]
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