Bombace
Bombace Bom"bace, n. [OF.] Cotton; padding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • bombastique — ⇒BOMBASTIQUE, adj. Rare. [En parlant du style] Qui a un caractère d enflure et de redondance : • La collection de ses œuvres [de Paracelse] plus ou moins authentique (...) mélange de grossièreté et d affectation, méritait pleinement par son style …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bombast — Bom|bạst 〈m. 1; unz.〉 1. 〈urspr.〉 Baumwollstoff zum Aufbauschen, Polstern der Kleider 2. 〈heute〉 2.1 Schwulst (des Rede od. Schreibstils), Wortschwall 2.2 übertriebener Prunk, Überladenheit ● mit Pomp und Bombast; frei von Bombast [engl.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bombast — [16] Bombast originally meant ‘cotton wool’, especially as used for stuffing or padding clothes, upholstery, etc; hence, before the end of the 16th century, it had been transferred metaphorically to ‘pompous or turgid language’. The ultimate… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bombast — (n.) 1560s, cotton padding, corrupted from earlier bombace (1550s), from O.Fr. bombace cotton, cotton wadding, from L.L. bombacem, acc. of bombax cotton, linteorum aut aliae quaevis quisquiliae, a corruption and transferred use of L. bombyx silk …   Etymology dictionary

  • bombast — [16] Bombast originally meant ‘cotton wool’, especially as used for stuffing or padding clothes, upholstery, etc; hence, before the end of the 16th century, it had been transferred metaphorically to ‘pompous or turgid language’. The ultimate… …   Word origins

  • Albizzia Julibrissin — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombast — Bom bast (b[o^]m b[.a]st or b[u^]m b[.a]st; 277), n. [OF. bombace cotton, LL. bombax cotton, bombasium a doublet of cotton; hence, padding, wadding, fustian. See {Bombazine}.] 1. Originally, cotton, or cotton wool. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A candle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombyx mori — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calliandra trinervia — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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