the roundish seed pod of a plant, esp. of cotton or flax
Origin of bollMiddle English bolle, boll, bowl
The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.
Origin of bollMiddle English from Middle Dutch bolle round object ; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bolls, present participle bolling, simple past and past participle bolled)
- To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
- from Middle Dutch, bolle (“round object”)