bough

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From Middle English bough, bowe, bogh, boȝe, boȝ, from Old English bōh, bōg (arm; shoulder; bough), from Proto-Germanic *bōguz (upper arm; shoulder) (compare German Bug (shoulder, hock, joint)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵʰús (forearm, elbow) (compare Ancient Greek πῆχυς (pêkhus, forearm), Old Armenian բազուկ (bazuk, arm, forearm, bough), Persian بازو(bāzu, upper arm), Sanskrit बाहु (bāhú, arm)).

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bough (plural boughs)

  1. A firm branch of a tree.
    When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall.
  2. (obsolete, poetic) The gallows.

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