Origin: ME (? via Du bulioen) < OFr billon, small coin, alloy of copper with silver < bille, a stick, bar: see billet
Origin: infl. by bullion, but prob. < Fr bouillon < bouille, a seal on silk goods < Sp bolla, duty on silk < L bulla: see bull
See bullion in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, ingot of precious metal
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman
Origin: , from Old French billon (from bille, stick; see billon)
Origin: and from Old French bouillon, bubble on the surface of boiling liquid (from boilir, to boil; see boil1).
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