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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old Norse
Origin: bulki 'goods carried on a ship'

bulk

1 noun
     
bulk1
1

the bulk (of something)

the main or largest part of something:
The bulk of consumers are based in towns.
2 [countable usually singular] a big mass or shape of something:
the great bulk of a building
3 [uncountable] the size of something or someone:
The dough will rise until it is double in bulk.
4

in bulk

if you buy goods in bulk, you buy large amounts each time you buy them

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