[ bur-lap ]
/ ˈbɜr læp /


a plain-woven, coarse fabric of jute, hemp, or the like; gunny.
a lightweight fabric made in imitation of this.

verb (used with object), bur·lapped, bur·lap·ping.

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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British Dictionary definitions for burlap

/ (ˈbɜːlæp) /


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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