Main definitions of bole in US English:

: bole1bole2

bole1

noun

  • The trunk of a tree.

    • ‘This may be the only alternative, because there usually are no trees that survive to record successive fires as fire scars within the bole.’
    • ‘Lichens colonize a broad spectrum of niches in the forest, including fallen boles, and mature trunks or branches of a variety of tree species.’
    • ‘Statues of the Virgin were often enriched with gold leaf, her dark face surrounded with lace carved from ash and oak boles.’
    • ‘A few dead boles of tree stood scattered across the infertile land as the child faded from view, though not from distance.’
    • ‘Many larger trees showed cankered boles and parasite-bloated boughs.’
    • ‘Six long, spindly, purplish-black legs, thick like the boles of sapling trees, sprang forth and hauled up the rest of the foul thing.’
    • ‘An arrow zipped over the horse's saddle to smack into the bole of a tree.’
    • ‘Most of the identifiable woody debris was pine snags, stumps, boles, or branches.’
    • ‘However, these storms were also severe enough to snap the boles on apparently healthy and sound pines.’
    • ‘The initial concentration of the rings varied with height within the bole and the age of the tree when the ring was initiated.’
    • ‘Wind-related mortality, resulting from broken or uprooted boles, accounted for less than 50% of the mortality in relatively intact stands.’
    • ‘Here stand terrific chestnut trees with big boles of spiralled bark.’
    • ‘Having maneuvered through the boles of the blue trees of the grove and into the open plain beyond, Saffron and Hawk decided to head off in the direction of a grassy hillock they spotted about a kilometer away.’
    • ‘Some support for this is seen in entombed trunks where individual trees have been partially buried and the trunk forms an expanded bole at the top of the new sediment surface.’
    • ‘The neck in thickness equaled the bole of a moderate-sized tree.’
    • ‘Ideally, avoid beehives, but be aware that Africanized bees often nest in boles of trees, old tires and junk.’
    • ‘The passage between the boles and branches closed about her.’
    • ‘We idle into forest cul-de-sacs, where big cypress boles emerge from dark water.’
    • ‘They were round, the size of a tangerine, and had apparently fallen from a large tree with a silvery bole.’
    • ‘The upper bole of the tree was examined for insects.’
    main stem, stock
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse bolr; perhaps related to balk.

Pronunciation

bole

/bōl//boʊl/

Main definitions of bole in US English:

: bole1bole2

bole2

noun

  • Fine, compact, earthy clay, typically of a reddish color, used as a pigment.

    • ‘After polishing to achieve a smooth skin, a reddish or pink bole is applied and this is polished again.’
    • ‘Petrovich also makes frames out of lead, steel, iron or bole finishes.’
    • ‘This means adding depth to each cut so that after the application of gesso, bole, and gold leaf the carved elements still have crisp definition.’
    • ‘The windows of Bucchi's studio are streaked with horizontal brushstrokes of bole, for when he prepares this material he needs to test it to be certain it is the right consistency so that the gold leaf will burnish properly.’
    • ‘The earliest are a restrained palette of blues, whites, then a touch of sage-green, manganese purple, and finally the sealing-wax red of Armenian bole.’

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin bolus ‘rounded mass’ (see bolus).

Pronunciation

bole

/bōl//boʊl/