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bollard (n.)

1844, originally a strong, upright post along a dock for fixing hawsers for mooring ships; since 1948, usually a traffic control device; probably from bole + suffix -ard.

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Definitions of bollard

bollard (n.)
a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines);
the road was closed to vehicular traffic with bollards
Synonyms: bitt
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