|birl1 (bɜːl, Scottish bɪrl)|
|1.||(Scot) to spin; twirl|
|2.||(US), (Canadian) to cause (a floating log) to spin using the feet while standing on it, esp as a sport among lumberjacks|
|3.||a variant spelling of burl|
|[C18: probably imitative and influenced by |
outdoor sport of the North American lumberjack. Its origin can be traced to the spring log drives of eastern Canada and the New England states, particularly the state of Maine, during the early lumbering era in the 19th century, from which it moved westward to the Great Lakes region and then to the Pacific Northwest.
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