EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective having burls that produce a distorted grain: burled lumber. Origin of burled
First recorded in
-ed 3 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 burle ≪ Old French; akin to Medieval Latin burla bunch, sheaf, Late Latin burra wool, fluff Related forms burl·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for burled Historical Examples of burled
Every few years, as one might say, the Auld Licht kirk gave way and
burled its minister.
Not so with
burled walnut or root walnut of either the European or the American varieties.
There is nothing that has a more vulgar look than an overdone imitation of
I could not rest in my grave, though they
burled me fathoms deep, if you ever called another—wife! British Dictionary definitions for burled 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 burler, noun Word Origin for burl
C15: from Old French
burle tuft of wool, probably ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth 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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Word Origin and History for burled n.
"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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