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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Boll, Bow, n.2 [ME. bolle, OE. bolla bowl.]

1. The Adam's apple. c1420 Wynt. ii. 1004.
Stillely walde he to thame ga, And scheyre thare thropyll boll [C. throt bollis] in twa

2. The seed-pod of flax. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1796.
Quhen that ȝone lint bollis ar ryip
Ib. 1818.
The carll pullit the lyne, Rippillit the bollis
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 126.
The searcharis fand … John Russell handling bowis off lintt
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 146.
To inhibit all maner of persouns … to dry any lint or lint bollis on the Hiegait

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