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Boull, Bowl, n.2 Also: boule, boulle, bouill; bowle, bowll-. [Northern e.m.E. boule (1570), Fris. bûgel, MDu. boghel (Du. beugel), MLG. bogel (LG. bögel), etc.]

1. A curved or semicircular piece of iron, esp. one forming the handle of a pot or bucket. With a pair of boullis cf. the mod. dial. pl. form bools used for the singular. See also Pot-boul. Giffin for ij tynnyt bandis and viij bowlis for trestis for the oosting burd; 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 295.
Twa pottis, … j pair of boullis; 1521 Stirling B. Rec. I. 8.
For girthing thir twa buckettis with irne, … vj irne girthes thairto, twa bowllis [etc.]; 1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 461.
Tuelf Flanderis pottis … Item, tua boullis at v lib. the pece; 1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 45.
Four ringis and ane great bowle or pend of irne to the fynning furnace; 1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 190 b.
For twa bukitts with iroun girthis and iroun boullis thairto for the bak wall; 1640 M. Works Acc. XXIX. 104 b.
One old iron ketle wanting the boule; 1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 302.

2. The ring of a key or of each limb of a pair of shears. For putting of ane new boull to the key of the ile dure; 1583 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 179.
Quhan scho klipis hir scheip, scho turnis the boul of the scheir thrie tymis in thair mouth; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 192.
Ane lok and ane new bouill to the key; 1611 M. Works Acc. IX. 3 b.
He also melted lead and cust it throw the bowles of ane pair of cheiris thrie sindrie tymes; 1633 Orkney Bp. Ct. 86 b.
Ȝe took lead, … and meltit it, and powrit it throw the boul of the scheir; 1643 Misc. Abbotsf. C. I. 184.

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