There are 2 definitions of burl in English:

burl1

Syllabification: burl
Pronunciation: /bərl
 
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noun

  • 1A slub or lump in wool or cloth.
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    • Then the said third weft yarn preferably becomes a weft yarn situated between the successive pile burls, a number of advantages of which were mentioned.
    • The worker depresses a pedal to start a machine that moves fabric over an inspection board, and scans and feels fabric for defects, such as burls, slubs, loose threads, mispicks, defective pile or soils.
    • Presumably it was the plank on which the tucker laid the piece of cloth so that it could be inspected carefully and the burls or knots removed.
  • 1.1North American A rounded knotty growth on a tree, giving an attractive figure when polished and used especially for handcrafted objects and veneers: she used warty burls to construct her pieces wooden coin banks made of elm burl [as modifier]: a burl bowl
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    • Illustrated in the book are other articles made in the Dominy shop for family use, such as a wooden bowl made of a burl from an apple tree and a swift to wind wool yarn.
    • Veneers cut from burls also display the fascinating figure.
    • Tucked away in the forest, and only accessible to those with local knowledge, its old contorted paperbark trees exhibited gnarly branches, trunks and burls.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French bourle 'tuft of wool', diminutive of bourre 'coarse wool', from late Latin burra 'wool'.

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There are 2 definitions of burl in English:

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noun

Australian /NZ informal
  • An attempt: we’ll give it a burl

Origin

early 20th century: regional usage of birl.

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