A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles

BILLOW

[noun]

1. a great wave or surge of the sea.

2. a great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.

[verb]

3. to rise or roll in or like billows; surge.

4. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind.

5. to make rise, surge, swell, or the like.

6. to swell out or bulge.

Etymology: Old Norse bylgja - wave, cognate with Danish bølge, Middle High German bulga and Middle Low German bulge; akin to Old English gebylgan - to anger, provoke.

[Ivan Aivazovsky]

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