or boule, boulle


noun (often initial capital letter)

elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

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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Examples from the Web for buhl

Historical Examples of buhl

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for buhl


adjective, noun

the usual US spelling of boulle
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