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Related to burliness: finalised, took over


adj. bur·li·er, bur·li·est
Heavy, strong, and muscular; husky. See Synonyms at muscular.

[Middle English burlich, from Old English *borlic, excellent; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′li·ly adv.
bur′li·ness n.
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* Aratas 2011 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley; $45) Unexpected floral and white pepper aromas contrast the burliness of Petite Sirah; the palate is concentrated yet lively, with black fruit and firm tannins.
Her shoulder is packed with extra muscle, the backside is stronger, her top line has evened out and the burliness of her youth has gone.