Burl (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Burling.] [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.

Burling iron, a peculiar kind of nippers or tweezers used in burling woolen cloth.


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Burl, n.


A knot or lump in thread or cloth.


An overgrown knot, or an excrescence, on a tree; also, veneer made from such excrescences.


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