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burlv. t. [OE. burle stuffing, or a knot in cloth; cf. F. bourlet, bourrelet, OF. bourel, a wreath or a roll of cloth, linen, or leather, stuffed with flocks, etc., dim. of bourre. √92. See Bur.].
     To dress or finish up (cloth); to pick knots, burs, loose threads, etc., from, as in finishing cloth.  [1913 Webster]
Burling iron, a peculiar kind of nippers or tweezers used in burling woolen cloth.
  •  A knot or lump in thread or cloth.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An overgrown knot, or an excrescence, on a tree; also, veneer made from such excrescences.  [1913 Webster]


burl, n.
1 a knot or lump in wool or cloth.
2 US a flattened knotty growth on a tree.

ME f. OF bourle tuft of wool, dimin. of bourre coarse wool f. LL burra wool



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