Definition of billow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɪləʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪloʊ//
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[usually plural] a moving mass or cloud of smoke, steam, etc. like a wave A farmer was burning straw, the yellow billows of smoke spiralling lazily upward. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Old Norse bylgja.
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