burled

[ burld ]
/ bɜrld /

adjective

having burls that produce a distorted grain: burled lumber.

Origin of burled

First recorded in 1920–25; burl + -ed3

Definition for burled (2 of 2)

burl
[ burl ]
/ bɜrl /

noun

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 burleOld French; akin to Medieval Latin burla bunch, sheaf, Late Latin burra wool, fluff

OTHER WORDS FROM burl

burl·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for burled

  • There is nothing that has a more vulgar look than an overdone imitation of burled walnut.

    Graining and Marbling|Frederick Maire
  • Not so with burled walnut or root walnut of either the European or the American varieties.

    Graining and Marbling|Frederick Maire
  • Every few years, as one might say, the Auld Licht kirk gave way and burled its minister.

    Auld Licht Idylls|J. M. Barrie
  • I could not rest in my grave, though they burled me fathoms deep, if you ever called another—wife!

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy|Laura Jean Libbey

British Dictionary definitions for burled (1 of 2)

burl1
/ (bɜːl) /

noun

a small knot or lump in wool
a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees

verb

(tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)

Derived forms of burl

burler, noun

Word Origin for burl

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

British Dictionary definitions for burled (2 of 2)

burl2

birl

/ (bɜːl) /

noun informal

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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Scientific definitions for burled

burl
[ bûrl ]

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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