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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. 2016.
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  • Winifred, whom he noticed next to the furniture, was sitting at her buhl bureau with a letter in her hand.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Even one who knew more of saddles than of buhl and Empire could see that at a glance.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • There were half-a-dozen yellow chrysanthemums in a dull green jar on a buhl chiffonier.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • buhl was fifteen and only a couple of inches taller than Ruth.

    Moment of Truth Basil Eugene Wells
  • 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.

  • Then Mrs. buhl, famous in such emergencies, came to the rescue.

    Miss Primrose Roy Rolfe Gilson
  • Dr. Lepardo was off again upon his voyage of discovery, drifting from picture to vase, from statuette to 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
  • buhl, or Boulle, is inlaid work with tortoise-shell or metals in arabesques or cartouches.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
British Dictionary definitions for buhl


adjective, noun
the usual US spelling of boulle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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