a seal attached to an official document, as a papal bull.
an ancient Roman pendant, consisting of a rounded box containing an amulet.
Pathology. a large vesicle.
Zoology. a blisterlike or bubblelike prominence of a bone, as that of the tympanic bone in the skull of certain mammals.
Historical Examples

Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society Joseph Bradford Cox
American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete C. Suetonius Tranquillus
American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
An Annotated Check List of the Mammals of Michoacn, Mxico Bernardo Villa R.
Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5 Various

noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
a leaden seal affixed to a papal bull, having a representation of Saints Peter and Paul on one side and the name of the reigning pope on the other
an ancient Roman rounded metal or leather box containing an amulet, worn around the neck
(pathol) another word for blister (sense 1)
(anatomy) a rounded bony projection

bul’lous adj.

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