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boulle

[bool]
noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
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Also called boulle·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.

buhl

or boule, boulle

[bool]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.
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Origin of buhl

1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
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British Dictionary definitions for boullework

buhl

adjective, noun
  1. the usual US spelling of boulle
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boulle

boule or buhl

adjective
  1. denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
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noun
  1. Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry
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Word Origin for boulle

C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinet-maker
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