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1. A knot, lump, or slub in yarn or cloth.
a. A large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree.
b. The wood cut from such an outgrowth, often used decoratively as a veneer.
tr.v. burled, burl·ing, burls
To dress or finish (cloth) by removing knots, lumps, slubs, or loose threads.
[Middle English burle, from Old French bourle, tuft of wool, diminutive of bourre, coarse wool, from Late Latin burra, shaggy garment.]
1. (Textiles) a small knot or lump in wool
2. (Botany) a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees
(Textiles) (tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)
[C15: from Old French burle tuft of wool, probably ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth]
1. Scot and Austral and NZ an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
2. Austral and NZ a ride in a car
[C20: perhaps from birl1 in the Scot sense: a twist or turn]
1. a small knot or lump in wool, thread, or cloth.
2. a dome-shaped growth on the trunk of a tree, sliced to make veneer.v.t.
3. to remove burls from (cloth) in finishing.
[1400–50; late Middle English burle « Old French]
A large, rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree.
Past participle: burled
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|Noun||1.||burl - the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer|
burl - a large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
|2.||burl - a large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree|
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
burl - the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer
|3.||burl - soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design|
|Verb||1.||burl - remove the burls from cloth|