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Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
Sometimes, boules. pétanque.
the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.
elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.
Historical Examples

A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public Frank Bertram Wade

plural noun
(functioning as sing) a game, popular in France, in which metal bowls are thrown to land as near as possible to a target ball. It is played on rough surfaces
the parliament in modern Greece
the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
a round loaf of white bread
adjective, noun
the usual US spelling of boulle


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