a small knot or lump in wool, thread, or cloth.
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.
to remove burls from (cloth) in finishing.
- burler, noun
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How to use burl in a sentence
Scouting Report: Size-wise, Bob Costas (Syracuse '74) is clearly the underdog next to Oscar-winner burl "Big Daddy" Ives.
burl Jasperson was a portly little man with legs too short for his bulging body, and clothes that were too tight.
By the end of the third week out, burl Jasperson was afflicted by an almost intolerable tension.
He was gone a long time, thought burl, and when at last he returned his feet were dragging more than ever.
Only burl had a vague idea of taking something to some place to do something with it.The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
burl's fellow-humans were preoccupied with the filling of their stomachs.The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for burl (1 of 2)
a small knot or lump in wool
a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees
(tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)
- burler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for burl (2 of 2)
Scot, Australian and NZ an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
Australian and NZ a ride in a car
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Scientific definitions for burl
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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