bov, m., bova, pl. (Armenian) – oven for
the baking of bread; te makhel bova – to rub the inner
walls of an oven with clay.
Rubbing the oven walls in peasant households was the work
of Roma women. According to the information of eyewitnesses, Roma women did this
work because, among other reasons, they were small and slim and could creep into the
ovens with no problem. They rubbed the insides of the ovens with a clay substance, which is also used in the production of adobe bricks.