• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bougie (Pharm) A long slender rod consisting of gelatin or some other substance that melts at the temperature of the body. It is impregnated with medicine, and designed for introduction into urethra, etc.
    • Bougie (Surg) A long, flexible instrument, that is introduced into the urethra, esophagus, etc., to remove obstructions, or for the other purposes. It was originally made of waxed linen rolled into cylindrical form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bougie A wax candle or waxlight.
    • n bougie A slender cylinder, smooth and flexible, used to dilate or open the rectum, urethra, or esophagus, in cases of stricture or other diseases of those parts.
    • n bougie A pencil of paraffin or other material which melts at the temperature of the body, with which some medicinal substance has been incorporated: employed for local medication of the urethra, uterus, or other canal into which it is introduced, the melting of the bougie liberating the drug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bougie bōō′zhi an instrument made of elastic, gum, wax, or metal, for distending contracted mucous canals, as the gullet, bowels, or urethra.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bougie, wax candle, bougie, fr. Bougie, Bugia, a town of North Africa, from which these candles were first imported into Europe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. a 'wax candle,' because the instrument was orig. made of waxed linen, from Bougie in Algeria.


In literature:

Borodino could snuff a bougie at a hundred and fifty yards.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
A fearful tempest drove them to the harbor of Bougie, an African port a hundred miles east of Algiers.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
Finally, near Bougie he happened to receive a courier sent by the French commandant.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Une fois rassure, avant de regagner son lit il allait, une bougie a la main, revoir l'etude qui etait en train.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
On arriving at Bougie, he was attacked with a violent fever, and was advised to remain behind.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
We replied that we came from Bougie by land.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
Far away in the distance, before one goes round the large inlet where the water is perfectly calm, one sees the Bougie.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Bougie was the chief shipbuilding port and the timber was mainly drawn from the country behind it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Bougies and catheters of elastic gum are sold at N^o 37, Red Lion-street, Holborn, London.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Screw home the box carrying the bougie.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre

In news:

Vampire Weekend's bougie Afropop beach boogie.
The Drinking Habits of a Bougie Horde.
Wayne and Maureen Bougie of Escanaba, along with Jerry and Rosie Figas of Wausaukee, Wis.
Announce the engagement of their children, Laura Lucille Bougie and Jason Frank Figas.
Elizabeth Pearson and Brooks Bougie announce their wedding engagement.
In this city of juice detoxes, carb-free diets, and boot camp obsessives, an unlikely culinary trend has emerged -- and it's not another bougie burger phenomenon.
A man reads a copy of the satirical newspaper La Bougie du Sapeur (The Sapper's Candle), published every leap day , in a Parisian cafe on Feb 29, 2008.
A man reads a copy of the satirical newspaper La Bougie du Sapeur (The Sapper's Candle), published every leap day, in a Parisian cafe on Feb 29, 2008.
'Shit Bougie Black Girls Say' video from the Very Smart Brothas blog.