\ ˈbər(-ə)l How to pronounce burl (audio) \

Definition of burl

1 : a knot or lump in thread or cloth
2a : a hard woody often flattened hemispherical outgrowth on a tree
b : veneer made from burls

Examples of burl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space has bookmatched burl wood paneling and custom-lacquered walnut tables with brass inlay. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 16 June 2022 At the far right is the dining area, where a banquette in faux-bois velvet—dead stock discovered at Mood Fabrics in the city’s Garment District—is paired with a burl-and-brass oval table and olive wool sateen chairs of Hendifar’s design. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2022 Opel uses burl wood throughout the house for some French Deco flair. Jennifer Berno Decleene, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Feb. 2022 And there’s plenty of vintage burl pieces to be found on Chairish (see No. 1). Sunset Magazine, 5 Jan. 2022 The vintage burl wood table and gold convex mirror enhance the room’s character. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 11 Aug. 2021 One redwood has a massive burl growing at eye-level to boardwalkers. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2021 Enzo’s private room, hidden behind a door, has been preserved as a sanctuary, its walls covered in Italian poplar burl, its original fireplace restored, with a long shiny red table in the middle of the room and vertical slats on the windows. Danilo Scarpati, WSJ, 8 June 2021 At its base is a structure known as a burl, which hides growing buds that have been shielded from the fire. Matt Simon, Wired, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of burl

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burl

Middle English burle, from Anglo-French *bourle tuft of wool, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burra shaggy cloth

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19 Jun 2022

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“Burl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burl. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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