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EtymologyEdit

 
A bosk, or thicket, in the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, USA

From Middle English bosk, busk, variants of bush (grove, wood; thicket, underbrush; bush; branch of a shrub or tree), from Old English busc (attested only in place names), likely from Anglo-Latin bosca (firewood), from Late Latin busca, buscus, boscus (wood; woodland),[1] from Proto-Germanic *buskaz (bush, thicket), probably from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (to become, grow, appear). The English word is cognate with Dalmatian buasc (forest; wood), French bois (wood (material); wood, woodland), Italian bosco (wood (wooded area)), Middle Dutch bosch, busch (modern Dutch bos (forest; wood)), Occitan boscs, Old High German busk (bush) (Middle High German busch, bosch, modern German Busch (bush, shrub; brush, scrub)), Portuguese bosque (grove), Spanish bosque (forest).

Alternatively, the modern word may be a back-formation from bosky (having abundant bushes, shrubs, or trees).[2]

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NounEdit

bosk (plural bosks)

  1. (obsolete except dialectal) A bush.
  2. (archaic) A thicket; a small wood.
    Synonyms: copse, grove

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ bush, n.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ bosk, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1887; “bosk” (US) / “bosk” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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AlbanianEdit

NounEdit

bosk m

  1. hornless goat
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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian bosk, from Proto-Germanic *buskaz.

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bosk n (plural bosken, diminutive boskje)

  1. forest
    Synonym: wâld

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Further readingEdit

  • bosk”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

NounEdit

bosk c (plural bosken, diminutive boskje)

  1. bundle
  2. bush, thicket

Further readingEdit

  • bosk”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011