EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BILLOW
They are in circumstances in which the ripple passes into the wavelet, and the wavelet into the billow.
It flared briefly and let out with a billow of thick red smoke.
Oh, the wreck is on the billow; hasten with the means of safety.
The billow and the wind And the still waters will sweep us away Mercilessly!
The interior of the house was a billow of red, white, and blue.
There was a gentle flash of quick light that was smothered by a billow of smoke.
Already the distant roar of the billow was heard, proving that it had begun to break.
Now she was hid from sight in the trough of the sea, now she rose to the summit of a billow.
Then there was a bound, as if the boat had been shot from a catapult, and the billow fell.
Here he was launched on the shingle by a billow, and washed high up on the beach.
1550s, perhaps older in dialectal use, from Old Norse bylgja "a wave, a billow," from Proto-Germanic *bulgjan (cf. Middle High German bulge "billow, bag"), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).