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A boleen is used strictly for cutting herbs. Courtesy Raymond Buckland/Fortean Picture Library.

Boleen; Bolline

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

In Wicca, a boleen is a small knife with a curved blade used strictly for cutting herbs. It is often confused with the White Handled Knife, which is a coven tool used for inscribing other Craft tools.

The boleen is usually about six inches from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. The handle has a round hole in its end, through which the thumb or little finger can be placed when holding it, for easier use. A popular wood for the handle is cherry.

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