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BOLL

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 177 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BOLL, a botanical term for a fruit-pod, particularly of the cotton plant. The word is in O. Eng. bolla, which is also represented in " bowl," a round vessel for liquids, a variant due to " bowl," ball, which is from the Fr. boule. " Boll " is also used, chiefly in Scotland and the north of England, as a measure of weight for flour =140 lb, and of capacity for grain: 16 pecks =1 boll.
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