I could not rest in my grave, though they burled me fathoms deep, if you ever called another—wife!
Every few years, as one might say, the Auld Licht kirk gave way and burled its minister.
Not so with burled walnut or root walnut of either the European or the American varieties.
There is nothing that has a more vulgar look than an overdone imitation of burled walnut.
"small knot in wool or cloth," mid-15c., from Old French bourle "tuft of wool," which perhaps is related to the root of bur, or from Vulgar Latin *burrula "small flock of wool," from Late Latin burra "wool."