\ 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 From the outside, burl wood appears deformed, all grayish scabs of nasty bark. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 Owners’ closets Carved, rare Honduran mahogany frames the walk-in closets with beautiful veneer inlays of satinwood, ebony and carpathian elm burl. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "You'll want this $1.75M Clarkston house for the art the owners made in it," 11 Apr. 2020 The striker is a snakewood dowel with an Afeliia burl top. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020 In addition to burl wood and Midcentury decor, the estate features custom record crates and a lava rock waterfall. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "In Eagle Rock, guitarist Nicky Panicci sells his dome with a view," 14 June 2019 The bronze-and-basalt cocktail tables are custom, the steel wall lamp is by Wo & Wé, and the burl-root sculpture on the mantel is from Full Circle Modern. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 Hodder stopped underneath a tree called the Bison tree, which has a big burl 30 feet up its trunk that looks like a buffalo. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Family’s legendary grove of old-growth redwoods preserved," 26 June 2018 On another is her prized collection of boxes from all over the world including unique thuya wood burl boxes from Morocco. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 Abby wandered through the redwood groves in jeans and hiking boots, stopping to remark on a burl here or a root system there. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018

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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 May 2020

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“Burl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burl. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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