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Boull, Bowl, n.1 Also: boul(e, bowll, bouell, bowall, booll; bulle, bwill. [ME. boul(e, bowl, OF. boule.]

1. One of the balls used in the game of bowls. Also pl., the game itself. See also allay, playing, port, roll (or row) boull. The ȝoung noblis … suld tak thar play … in the hand bow … and nocht in bowlis, fut ball, or sic playis; Irland Mir. fol. 339 b.
To the King to play at the lang bowlis; 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 332.
Gif ye sall grant to me … ane penny of … bowlis and wther pastymes; 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 172.
He gart me ryn full rakles … At ball and boull; Doug. K. Hart. 924.
Ȝoung men … in casting the bar, the boull, the dart, or in archery suld be exercit; Boece x. xiij. 380 b.
Comperit Walter Hay, … accusit for playing at the boulis and golff upoun Sondaye in the tym of the sermon; 1596 Elgin Rec. II. 46.
Playing … at the bouells; 1597 Ib. 51.
Playing at the bowallis; 1599 Ib. 74.
Who sall be deprehended … playing at the bowlls … upon the sabbath; 1652 Lindores Abbey 211.
That no persone … goe … to play at the bulleis … naither sall len nor hyre bulleis to any uther; 1668 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 113.
To the garners lads caried in the grass and lifted the boulls; 1696 Foulis Acc. Bk. 193.
Lost at boulls; 1701 Ib. 291.
fig. If I once have footing here, boulls will roll strangely but I shall be in a capacity of being of some use to you; 1696 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 100.

b. Attrib. with maill (rent, hire). Of boull maill, 6 pence; 1674 Lauder Journal 272.
For boull maill; 1694 Foulis Acc. Bk. 166;
1701 Ib. 291.

2. A ball or globe. Epicurius said that the varld is ronde lyik ane boule; Compl. 33/5.
The mune is ane thik masse, round lyik ane boule or bal; Ib. 54/33.
Tua tuins of clene virginitie, Like boullis of alabast; Montg. Misc. P. xxxv. 52.
With bwillis of Indian ebur … ȝour papis for the prioritie dois stryue; Philotus lxi.
For making of ane boull and turning of it to James Achesone to row his taist [= test] with; 1610 Hilderstoun Silver Mines II. 108.
For cullouring of the cock and the boull; 1632 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 484.
For altering the booll of the steapell; 1656 Ib. 500.

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