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or boule, boulle

[bool] /bul/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.
Also called buhlwork
[bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/ (Show IPA),
boulework, boullework.
Origin of buhl
1815-25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642-1732), French cabinetmaker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Even one who knew more of saddles than of buhl and Empire could see that at a glance.


    Henry Seton Merriman
  • buhl was fifteen and only a couple of inches taller than Ruth.

    Moment of Truth Basil Eugene Wells
  • Then Mrs. buhl, famous in such emergencies, came to the rescue.

    Miss Primrose

    Roy Rolfe Gilson
  • The letter had been on the buhl cabinet, and she had opened it in his presence.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Anna got up, looked, found the cards in the drawer of a buhl cabinet.

  • The necklace made a great heap of jewels on the buhl top of the table, above the intricate arabesque of silver and tortoise-shell.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • Dr. Lepardo was off again upon his voyage of discovery, drifting from picture to vase, from statuette to buhl cabinet.

  • buhl, or Boulle, is inlaid work with tortoise-shell or metals in arabesques or cartouches.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • Why not see what this dream had to offer that might be amusing to remember and tell buhl sometime soon.

    Moment of Truth Basil Eugene Wells
  • The name has been corrupted into a trade term buhl, to denote this style of marquetry.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
British Dictionary definitions for buhl


adjective, noun
the usual US spelling of boulle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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