Definition of boulle in English:


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Pronunciation: /buːl
(also buhl)


[mass noun]
  • Brass, tortoiseshell, or other material cut to make a pattern and used for inlaying furniture: [as modifier]: boulle cabinets
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    • There is also an impossible fruit salad of different materials: giltwood combined with boulle combined with ivory-inlaid tortoiseshell.
    • On June 14, for example, it has organized a one-day conference on marquetry and boulle.


early 19th century: from French boule, from the name of André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker. The variant buhl is apparently a modern Germanized spelling.

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