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Jul 31, 2018
This week’s theme
Words that appear to be coined by flipping the letter p

This week’s words
binnacle
bollard
bathophobia
baragnosis
boodle

bollard
bollard, def. 1
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bollard
bollard, def. 2
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with Anu Garg

bollard

PRONUNCIATION:
(BOL-uhrd)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A short thick post on a ship or a wharf used for securing ropes.
2. A post used as a traffic control device.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from Old Norse bole (tree trunk). Earliest documented use: 1844. The p-headed equivalent is pollard.

USAGE:
“The shopping centre ram-raided by thieves using a front-end loader installed bollards a year ago in an attempt to deter desperate criminals.”
Ed Gardiner; Fury at Ram-Raid; Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia); Jul 5, 2018.

See more usage examples of bollard in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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