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(||Bul"la) n.; pl. Bullæ [L. bulla bubble. See Bull an edict.]
1. (Med.) A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.
2. (Anat.) The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals; as, the
tympanic or auditory bulla.
3. A leaden seal for a document; esp. the round leaden seal attached to the papal bulls, which has on
one side a representation of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the other the name of the pope who uses it.
4. (Zoöl.) A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell.
(Bul"lace) n. [OE. bolas, bolace, OF. beloce; of Celtic origin; cf. Arm. bolos, polos, Gael.
bulaistear.] (Bot.) (a) A small European plum See Plum. (b) The bully tree.
Bullantic letters, Gothic letters used in papal bulls.
(Bul*lan"tic) a. [See Bull an edict.] Pertaining to, or used in, papal bulls. Fry.
(Bul"la*ry) n. [LL. bullarium: cf. F. bullairie. See Bull an edict.] A collection of papal bulls.
(Bul"la*ry), n.; pl. Bullaries [Cf. Boilary.] A place for boiling or preparing salt; a boilery. Crabb.
And certain salt fats or bullaries.
Bills in Chancery.
Bullate leaf (Bot.), a leaf, the membranous part of which rises between the veins puckered elevations
convex on one side and concave on the other.
(Bul"late) a. [L. bullatus, fr. bulla bubble.] (Biol.) Appearing as if blistered; inflated; puckered.
(Bull"beg`gar) n. Something used or suggested to produce terror, as in children or persons
of weak mind; a bugbear.
And being an ill-looked fellow, he has a pension from the church wardens for being bullbeggar to all the
forward children in the parish.
(Bull" bri`er) (Bot.) A species of Smilax (S. Pseudo-China) growing from New Jersey to the
Gulf of Mexico, which has very large tuberous and farinaceous rootstocks, formerly used by the Indians
for a sort of bread, and by the negroes as an ingredient in making beer; called also bamboo brier
and China brier.
(Bull"comb*er) n. (Zoöl.) A scaraboid beetle; esp. the Typhæus vulgaris of Europe.
1. (Zoöl.) A variety of dog, of remarkable ferocity, courage, and tenacity of grip; so named, probably,
from being formerly employed in baiting bulls.
2. (Metal.) A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from
the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
Bulldog bat (Zo'94l.), a bat of the genus Nyctinomus; so called from the shape of its face.
(Bull"dog`), a. Characteristic of, or like, a bulldog; stubborn; as, bulldog courage; bulldog tenacity.