bull

{{11}}bull (1) O.E. bula "a bull, a steer," or O.N. boli "bull," both from P.Gmc. *bullon- (Cf. M.Du. bulle, Ger. Bulle), perhaps from a Germanic verbal stem meaning "to roar," which survives in some German dialects and perhaps in the first element of BOULDER (Cf. boulder) (q.v.). The other possibility is that it is from PIE *bhln-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see BOLE (Cf. bole)).
An uncastrated male, reared for breeding, as opposed to a bullock or steer. Extended after 1610s to males of other large animals (elephant, alligator, whale, etc.). Stock market sense is from 1714. Bulldyke is from 1926 (see DYKE (Cf. dyke)). Bullheaded "obstinate" is from 1818. Phrase to take the bull by the horns first recorded 1711.
{{12}}bull (2) "papal edict," c.1300, from L. bulla "sealed document" (Cf. O.Fr. bulle, It. bulla), originally the word for the seal itself, from bulla "round swelling, knob," said ultimately to be from Gaulish, from PIE *beu-, a root supposed to have formed words associated with swelling (Cf. Lith. bule "buttocks," M.Du. puyl "bag").

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(usually of bovine animals) / (issued by the Pope), / (involving a contradiction), / / ,


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