- 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”)