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bough

Syllabification: bough

Definition of bough in English:

noun

A main branch of a tree: apple boughs laden with blossom
More example sentences
  • People are collecting the branches and boughs of trees smashed down by the icy snow.
  • He quickly picked apples from the boughs of the tree, throwing them forcefully down upon the heads of his assailants.
  • In Woodlore, for instance, the bough of a tree spreads its yellow branches against a green background.
Synonyms
branch, limb, arm, offshoot

Origin

Old English bōg, bōh 'bough or shoulder', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boeg 'shoulders or ship's bow', German Bug 'ship's bow' and 'horse's hock or shoulder', also to bow3.

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  • bow from (Old English):

    The bow of a ship has nothing to do with a person bowing in respect or a support bowing under pressure. The nautical bow (early 17th century) is in fact related to bough (Old English), the limb of a tree. Its immediate source, in the later Middle Ages, was German or Dutch. The phrase a shot across the bows, ‘a warning statement or gesture’, has its origins in the world of naval warfare, where it is one which is not intended to hit, but to make ships stop or alter their course. See also buxom. The archer's bow and the act of bending, both Old English, are related and come from Germanic roots. The archer's bow got its name from the shape, which also appears in Old English rainbow and elbow (Old English). The first part of the latter gives us the old measurement the ell, a variable measure, originally the distance from elbow to fingertip, which comes from the Indo-European root that also gives us ulna (mid 16th century) for the bone that runs from elbow to wrist.

Words that rhyme with bough

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, ciao, cow, dhow, Dow, endow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou, Hough, how, Howe, kowtow, Lao, Liao, Macao, Macau, miaow, Mindanao, mow, now, ow, Palau, plough (US plow), pow, prow, row, scow, Slough, sough, sow, Tao, thou, vow, wow, Yangshao

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