bur·​lap | \ ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio) \

Definition of burlap

1 : a coarse heavy plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture
2 : a lightweight material resembling burlap used in interior decoration or for clothing

Examples of burlap in a Sentence

The bag is made of burlap.
Recent Examples on the Web On December 11, 2010 a Suffolk County Police officer walking his dog along Ocean Parkway on the south shore of Long Island discovered the skeletal remains of a young woman wrapped in a burlap sack. Leah Carroll, refinery29.com, "This Is What Happens When We Humanise Sex Workers And Make Serial Killers Secondary," 17 Mar. 2020 For twenty days, al-Kolak and his two friends gathered materials—sheets of half-rotten wood for walls, steel pipes for the frame, and burlap sacks for insulation. Patrick Strickland, The New York Review of Books, "After the EU Turned Greece into a Refugee Warehouse, a Backlash," 4 Mar. 2020 Piled in a corner, burlap bags of raw cacao beans from Peru were waiting to be sorted, then roasted in a repurposed rotisserie oven once used at a Walmart store. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Everything You Don’t Know About Chocolate," 11 Feb. 2020 The family later moved to New York City, where his father ran a successful trade purchasing jute for burlap bags. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Lessons from a fugitive: what the tangled tale of Marc Rich tells us about Carlos Ghosn," 17 Jan. 2020 Throughout the house are corpses, blood, evil-smiling pumpkins, ghosts and heads hanging from the ceiling in burlap bags. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Say hello to Leatherface, Freddy and Jason: Haunt on Eden pays homage to horror icons of the ’70 and ’80s," 1 Oct. 2019 Party boats loaded with anglers sailed day and night; every fisherman on board hoped to return home with a burlap sack stuffed with whiting. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 Since 1979, the authorities in Idaho had been trying to identify a torso that had been stuffed in a burlap sack in a cave. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Headless Body in Cave Is Identified as 1916 Ax Murder Suspect," 3 Jan. 2020 On Saturday, with Auburn wearing Versace and Alabama throwing on Calvin Klein and Ohio State in a Chanel creation, Oregon showed up wearing a burlap bag. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks win Civil War, but are suspect heading to Pac-12 title game," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of burlap

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burlap

origin unknown

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The first known use of burlap was circa 1696

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26 Mar 2020

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“Burlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burlap. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burlap

US : a strong, rough fabric that is used mostly for making bags


bur·​lap | \ ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio) \

Kids Definition of burlap

: a rough cloth made usually from jute or hemp and used mostly for bags

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