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bough Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any of the larger branches of a tree
WordNet

Bough noun
Etymology
OE. bogh, AS. bog, boh, bough, shoulder; akin to Icel. bogr shoulder, bow of a ship, Sw. bog, Dan. bov, OHG. buog, G. bug, and to Gr. ( for ) forearm, Skr. bahu (for bhaghu) arm. , 251. Cf. Bow of a ship.
Definitions
  1. An arm or branch of a tree, esp. a large arm or main branch.
  2. A gallows. Archaic Spenser.

Webster 1913