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

Examples of burl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its spectacular grain makes burl wood worthy of a prominent display. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 There are ways to get burls that don’t involve theft and killing healthy trees. Nidha Eakambaram, oregonlive, 24 July 2023 Corvallis urban forester Jennifer Killian said there have been at least 39 burls taken from 12 trees since December 2022. Nidha Eakambaram, oregonlive, 24 July 2023 While burls can be harvested and sold legally on private land, burl poaching is an ongoing concern in northern California’s parks. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2022 In the guest bedrooms, Tara has an antique cherry wood sugar chest, as well as a cherry pencil post bed, a mixed-stain cherry antique dresser, and an antique burl wood front washstand — all of which were inherited from her grandmother. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2022 The burl dining table, a grasscloth console table and the living room coffee table were custom-designed by Scout Design Studio. Dallas News, 22 July 2022 It is crafted with African teak woodwork and custom walnut and pear burl. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2022 But its burl finish is in fact the glaze on ultra-durable and dishwasher-safe porcelain. Nina Molina, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burl was in the 15th century

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“Burl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burl. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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