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.
verb (used with object)
to remove burls from (cloth) in finishing.
Origin of burl
1400–50; late Middle English burle ≪ Old French; akin to Medieval Latin burla bunch, sheaf, Late Latin burra wool, fluffRelated formsburl·er, noun
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Related Words for burlknob
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.
Burl a-plowin' in de fiel', A-singin' fur de roasin'-ear to come.
Therefore did the magnanimous Burl dismantle himself at once.
"Dat's de cretor's music, an' dem's de cretor's capers," replied Burl.
Burl a-plowin' in de fiel', A-singin' fur de johnny-cake to come.
British Dictionary definitions for burl
a small knot or lump in wool
a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees
Derived Formsburler, noun
(tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)
Word Origin for burl
C15: from Old French burle tuft of wool, probably ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth
Scot, Australian and NZ an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
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
"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
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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