- having burls that produce a distorted grain: burled lumber.
Origin of burled
- 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.
Origin of burl
1400–50; late Middle English burle ≪ Old French; akin to Medieval Latin burla bunch, sheaf, Late Latin burra wool, fluff
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Examples from the Web for burled
Every few years, as one might say, the Auld Licht kirk gave way and burled its minister.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
There is nothing that has a more vulgar look than an overdone imitation of burled walnut.
Not so with burled walnut or root walnut of either the European or the American varieties.
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
- 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)
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
C20: perhaps from birl 1 in the Scot sense: a twist or turn
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Word Origin and History for burled
"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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