I wonder how an American pronounces…
bough … bow … bow
/baw/ … /baw/ … /bow/
The birds are sitting on the bough of a tree.
In this well-known American lullaby,
a baby in a cradle is hanging from the bough of a tree.
The bow is the front of a ship.
bow … bowing
/baw/ … /ˈba–wɪŋ/
Actors take a bow when the audience applauds them.
Click on the picture and you can see Dracula bowing.
When American dogs bark, they say “Bow wow.”
She has a pink bow in her hair.
The boy is wearing a bow tie and suspenders.
Do you want to learn to tie the perfect bow? [link]
bow and arrow
Cupid has a bow and arrow.
We need a bow to play a violin.
We don’t use a bow to play the guitar.
Note about gh words:
Only 3 words in English have written ough = /aw/ + silent gh.
1. bough /baw/ (a tree branch)
2. plough /plaw/ (also spelled plow)
3. drought /drawt|/ (lack of rain)