burl

[burl]
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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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Related Words for burl

knob, bulge, swelling, protuberance, lump, clot, bump, growth, knot, nodule, burl, bud, tumor

Examples from the Web for burl

Contemporary Examples of burl

Historical Examples of burl

  • Just look up yonder, Burl, and see how the crows have gone to fighting.

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  • Burl a-plowin' in de fiel', A-singin' fur de roasin'-ear to come.

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  • Therefore did the magnanimous Burl dismantle himself at once.

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  • "Dat's de cretor's music, an' dem's de cretor's capers," replied Burl.

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  • Burl a-plowin' in de fiel', A-singin' fur de johnny-cake to come.

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British Dictionary definitions for burl

burl

1
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 for burl

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

burl

2

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 for burl

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

burl 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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