Definition of burl
1 : a knot or lump in thread or cloth
2a : a hard woody often flattened hemispherical outgrowth on a treeb : veneer made from burls
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More sudden than fossil or feather or driftwood burl on a desk, the sprig's scent conjures a dear place and time, jump-starting memory like satiny wildflowers chanced upon between pages of a book.
Even smaller parts of trees can be incredibly valuable: In 2014 there were 18 cases of thieves hacking out chunks of burl from 1000-year-old California redwoods.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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