burlap

[bur-lap]
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verb (used with object), bur·lapped, bur·lap·ping.
  1. to wrap with burlap: to burlap and tie a newly dug tree.

Origin of burlap

1685–95; earlier borelap, equivalent to bore(l) coarse cloth (see bureau) + lap1
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Related Words for burlap

bag, cloth, gunny, sacking, wrapping

Examples from the Web for burlap

Historical Examples of burlap

  • We had no beds—sleeping on long, burlap bags stuffed with hay.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • Barney arrived with the chilled quarter of beef wrapped in burlap.

  • Jute is purchased from India and manufactured into burlap and rugs.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • His bag of peanuts is here, made of burlap and three feet high.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • Be careful not to apply too much glue on the burlap, or it will soak through.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor


British Dictionary definitions for burlap

burlap

noun
  1. a coarse fabric woven from jute, hemp, or the like

Word Origin for burlap

C17: from borel coarse cloth, from Old French burel (see bureau) + lap 1
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Word Origin and History for burlap
n.

1690s, probably from Middle English borel "coarse cloth," from Old French burel (see bureau); or Dutch boeren "coarse," perhaps confused with boer "peasant." The second element, -lap, meant "piece of cloth" (see lap (n.)).

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