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From Middle Dutch bolle (round object).



boll (plural bolls)

  1. The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant.
    • 1853, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave
      Sometimes the slave picks down one side of a row, and back upon the other, but more usually, there is one on either side, gathering all that has blossomed leaving the unopened bolls for a succeeding picking.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 1, p. 6,[1]
      The champion picker of the day before was the hero of the dawn. If he prophesied that the cotton in today’s field was going to be sparse and stick to the bolls like glue, every listener would grunt a hearty agreement.
  2. (Scotland) An old dry measure, equal to six bushels.

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boll (third-person singular simple present bolls, present participle bolling, simple past and past participle bolled)

  1. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.



From Old Swedish balder, baller, from Old Norse bǫllr (ball, globe), from Proto-Germanic *balluz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoln- (round thing, bubble), from *bʰel- (to blow, inflate, swell).


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boll c

  1. a ball; a more or less spherical object which is not hard or unyielding


Declension of boll 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative boll bollen bollar bollarna
Genitive bolls bollens bollars bollarnas

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