bugle

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From Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Latin buculus (young bull; ox; steer).

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bugle (plural bugles)

  1. A horn used by hunters.
  2. (music) a simple brass instrument consisting of a horn with no valves, playing only pitches in its harmonic series
  3. An often-cultivated plant in the family Lamiaceae.
  4. Anything shaped like a bugle, round or conical and having a bell on one end.
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bugle (third-person singular simple present bugles, present participle bugling, simple past and past participle bugled)

  1. To announce, sing, or cry in the manner of a musical bugle
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Etymology 2[edit]

Late Latin bugulus (a woman's ornament).

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bugle (plural bugles)

  1. a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes as a decorative trim
    • 1925, P. G. Wodehouse , Sam the Sudden, Random House, London:2007, p. 207.
      With the exception of a woman in a black silk dress with bugles who, incredible as it may seem, had ordered cocoa and sparkling limado simultaneously and was washing down a meal of Cambridge sausages and pastry with alternate draughts of both liquids, the place was empty.

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bugle (comparative more bugle, superlative most bugle)

  1. jet-black
    • Shakespeare
      Bugle eyeballs.

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Old English

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bugle (plural bugles)

  1. A sort of wild ox; a buffalo.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of E. Phillips to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Latin būculus (bullock).

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bugle m (oblique plural bugles, nominative singular bugles, nominative plural bugle)

  1. bugle (type of horn, often used in battle)
    • Fouke le Fitz Waryn, ed. E. J. Hathaway, P. T. Ricketts, C. A. Robson and A. D. Wilshere, ANTS 26-28 (1975).
      oy un chevaler soner un gros bugle
      (I) hear a knight sounding a large bugle