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buhlor boulle (bo͞ol)
An elaborate inlay of tortoiseshell, ivory, and metal, used especially in decorating furniture.
[After André Charles Boulle or , Buhl (1642-1732), French woodcarver.]
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(Antiques) the usual US spelling of boulle
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(sometimes cap.) elaborate inlaid work of tortoiseshell and brass or other metal on wood. Also called boulle•work (ˈbulˌwɜrk)
[1870–75; < French, after A. C. Boul(l)e (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker]
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(or Boule or Boulle) A style developed by the French cabinetmaker André C Boulle (1642–1732) using inlays of metal and tortoiseshell.
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