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burlap

[bur-lap] /ˈbɜr læp/
noun
1.
a plain-woven, coarse fabric of jute, hemp, or the like; gunny.
2.
a lightweight fabric made in imitation of this.
verb (used with object), burlapped, burlapping.
3.
to wrap with burlap:
to burlap and tie a newly dug tree.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; earlier borelap, equivalent to bore(l) coarse cloth (see bureau) + lap1
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British Dictionary definitions for bur-lapped

burlap

/ˈbɜːlæp/
noun
1.
a coarse fabric woven from jute, hemp, or the like
Word Origin
C17: from borel coarse cloth, from Old French burel (see bureau) + lap1
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Word Origin and History for bur-lapped

burlap

n.

1690s, probably from Middle English borel "coarse cloth," from Old French burel (see bureau); or Dutch boeren "coarse," perhaps confused with boer "peasant." The second element, -lap, meant "piece of cloth" (see lap (n.)).

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