Etymology
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burl (n.)

mid-15c., "small knot in cloth or thread," from Old French bourle "tuft of wool," which perhaps is related to the root of bur, or from Vulgar Latin *burrula "small flock of wool," from Late Latin burra "wool," a word of unknown origin. In American English also "a knot or excrescence on a walnut or other tree" (1868).

updated on September 14, 2017

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Definitions of burl from WordNet
1
burl (n.)
the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer;
burl (n.)
a large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree;
burl (n.)
soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design;
Synonyms: slub / knot
2
burl (v.)
remove the burls from cloth;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.