Boll (?), n. [OE. bolle boll, bowl, AS. bolla. See Bowl a vessel.]

1.

The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.

2.

A Scotch measure, formerly in use: for wheat and beans it contained four Winchester bushels; for oats, barley, and potatoes, six bushels. A boll of meal is 140 lbs. avoirdupois. Also, a measure for salt of two bushels.

[Sometimes spelled bole.]

 

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Boll, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bolled (#).]

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

The barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. Ex. ix. 31.

 

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