bolgia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian bolgia.

Noun[edit]

bolgia (plural bolgias)

  1. a division of the eighth circle of Hell, Malebolge, in Dante's Divine Comedy

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Old French bolge, bouge, from Late Latin bulga, or less likely directly from a Latin adjectival form bulgea.

Noun[edit]

bolgia f (plural bolge)

  1. a mob or crowd (of people in a confined space)
  2. bedlam
  3. a bag, a pouch, especially one which opens longways
  4. a ditch, hole in the ground
    • 1308–1321, Dante Alighieri, Commedìa, canto 23, lines 31–33:
      "S'elli è che sì la destra costa giaccia,
      che noi possiam ne l'altra bolgia scendere,
      noi fuggirem l'imaginata caccia."
      2000, The Inferno, translated by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander:
      "If the slope there to the right allows us
      to make our way into the other ditch,
      we shall escape the chase we both envision."

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