Bowl

 

A “bowl which is a round thing to hold liquids”, OED meaning 1, comes to Modern English through Dutch and Old High German words meaning “swell”, as in a round seed boll, and the stray w is just an exciting orthographic special effect.  A “bowl which is a sphere or ball” is the first, obsolete definition under OED meaning 2, which has to do with playing games of skill… like bowls!  That word comes to us through French from Latin “round thing”.

So!  The uses at 08.029 and 08.092 are not food related. Completely different word!

  • 01.066 Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl;
  • 07.093 others bore on their broad backs trays with bowls
  • 08.029 and bowled them over,
  • 08.044 all round like the edges of a great bowl,
  • 08.071 The elvish folk were passing bowls from hand to hand
  • 08.092 shooting at the wand, bowls, ninepins
  • 09.025 and for smaller bowls
  • 13.039 out of one of Beorn’s wooden bowls!’
  • 13.046 among flagons and bowls

 

“bowl, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 2 May 2016.

“bowl, n.2.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2016. Web. 2 May 2016.

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