from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A round seal affixed to a papal bull.
  • n. Pathology A large blister or vesicle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blister, vesicle, or other thin-walled cavity or lesion.
  • n. A clay envelope or hollow ball, typically with seal impressions or writing on its outside indicating its contents.
  • n. In ancient Rome, a kind of amulet or boss.
  • n. Later, handwritten document from the papal chancellery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.
  • n. The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornament in the form of a capsule or locket, in use among the ancient Romans, who adopted it from the Etruscans.
  • n. A seal attached to a document.
  • n. Any ornament of rounded form, especially if suspended, such as those which are attached by small chains to the Hungarian crown.
  • n. In pathology, a bleb or portion of epidermis raised by the extravasation of a transparent watery fluid, as in erysipelas, etc.
  • n. In anatomy, an inflated portion of the bony external meatus of the ear, forming a more or less well-marked prominence on each side at the base of the skull of many animals, usually constituted by a bulbous tympanic bone. Also called bulla ossea. See extract.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of tectibranchiate (or pleurobranchiate) gastropods, to which very different limits have been assigned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
  • n. the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull


Medieval Latin, from Latin, bubble, seal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bulla ("bubble"). (Wiktionary)


  • A long, simple, sleeved tunic bordered with a purple stripe was the standard uniform for both freeborn boys and girls in Rome, and a protective neck chain called a bulla in the case of boys and a moon-shaped lunula for girls the moon being the symbol of Diana, the Roman goddess of chastity their only adornment.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • * Just in front of the bulla is a foramen lacerum medium (f.l. M.), through which no nerve passes.

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata

  • The bulla was a small object, enclosed in historical times in a capsule, and suspended round the child's neck.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • Though it is true, they then constituted many things in honor to the women; as to give them the way wherever they met them; to speak no ill word in their presence; not to appear naked before them, or else be liable to prosecution before the judges of homicide; that their children should wear an ornament about their necks called the bulla (because it was like a bubble), and the praetexta, a gown edged with purple.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Among the unusual finds extracted by Bar-Ilan University's Gabriel Barkai and his team of students and volunteers is a "bulla," or seal impression, thought to be used to close cloth sacks of silver.

    From On High

  • Then they constituted many things in honor to the women, such as to give them the way wherever they met them; to speak no ill word in their presence; that their children should wear an ornament about their necks called the "bulla" (because it was like a bubble), and the "praetexta," a gown edged with purple.

    The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch; being parts of the "Lives" of Plutarch, edited for boys and girls

  • It's no wonder that people such as Francisco Rodríguez are calling the government's bluff and framing the achievements of the government's social programs as more "bulla" than "cabuya".

    Caracas Chronicles

  • The other item was a 'bulla' or a type of amulet [pictured left], discovered by Glen Camley, an amateur metal detector, on farmland at Inch near Downpatrick.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • The Coroner also ruled yesterday that a separate find of a gold Bronze Age purse or 'bulla' should be considered a treasure. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Hacemos más bulla por un puto hipopótamo que por una víctima de falsos positivos

    Global Voices in English » Colombia: The Hunt for Pablo Escobar’s Hippo


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