Burl meaning

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A kind of knot on some tree trunks or woody roots.
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A knot, lump, or slub in yarn or cloth.
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To dress or finish (cloth) by removing knots, lumps, slubs, or loose threads.
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A knot in wool, thread, yarn, etc. that gives a nubby appearance to cloth.
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Veneer made from wood with burls in it.
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Having a finish or veneer of or like burl.
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To finish (cloth) by taking out the burls, loose threads, etc.
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A large, rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree. Burls develop from one or more twig buds whose cells continue to multiply but never differentiate so that the twig can elongate into a limb. Burls do not usually cause harm to trees.
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A tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.
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Wood of a mottled veneer, usually cut from such a growth.
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A knot or lump in thread or cloth.
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To remove the knots in cloth.
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Origin of burl

  • Middle English burle from Old French bourle tuft of wool diminutive of bourre coarse wool from Late Latin burra shaggy garment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English burle (“stuffing", "knot in cloth”)

    From Wiktionary