- a knot in wool, thread, yarn, etc. that gives a nubby appearance to cloth
- a kind of knot on some tree trunks or woody roots
- veneer made from wood with burls in it
Origin of burlMiddle English burle from Old French bourle, flocks or ends of threads from Vulgar Latin an unverified form burrula, small flock of wool from Late Latin burra, wool
- 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.
transitive verbburled, burl·ing, burls
Origin of burlMiddle English burle from Old French bourle tuft of wool diminutive of bourre coarse wool from Late Latin burra shaggy garment
(third-person singular simple present burls, present participle burling, simple past and past participle burled)
- To remove the knots in cloth.
Middle English burle (“stuffing", "knot in cloth”)