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burled

[burld]
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adjective
  1. having burls that produce a distorted grain: burled lumber.

Origin of burled

First recorded in 1920–25; burl + -ed3

burl

[burl]
noun
  1. a small knot or lump in wool, thread, or cloth.
  2. a dome-shaped growth on the trunk of a tree; a wartlike structure sometimes 2 feet (0.6 meters) across and 1 foot (0.3 meters) or more in height, sliced to make veneer.
verb (used with object)
  1. to remove burls from (cloth) in finishing.

Origin of burl

1400–50; late Middle English burleOld French; akin to Medieval Latin burla bunch, sheaf, Late Latin burra wool, fluff
Related formsburl·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for burled

Historical Examples

  • Every few years, as one might say, the Auld Licht kirk gave way and burled its minister.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • There is nothing that has a more vulgar look than an overdone imitation of burled walnut.

    Graining and Marbling

    Frederick Maire

  • Not so with burled walnut or root walnut of either the European or the American varieties.

    Graining and Marbling

    Frederick Maire

  • I could not rest in my grave, though they burled me fathoms deep, if you ever called another—wife!

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey


British Dictionary definitions for burled

burl1

noun
  1. a small knot or lump in wool
  2. a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees
verb
  1. (tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)
Derived Formsburler, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French burle tuft of wool, probably ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth

burl2

birl

noun informal
  1. Scot, Australian and NZ an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
  2. Australian and NZ a ride in a car

Word Origin

C20: perhaps from birl 1 in the Scot sense: a twist or turn
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Word Origin and History for burled

burl

n.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

burled in Science

burl

[bûrl]
  1. A large, rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree. Burls develop from one or more twig buds whose cells continue to multiply but never differentiate so that the twig can elongate into a limb. Burls do not usually cause harm to trees.
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