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[bur-lap] /ˈbɜr læp/
a plain-woven, coarse fabric of jute, hemp, or the like; gunny.
a lightweight fabric made in imitation of this.
verb (used with object), burlapped, burlapping.
to wrap with burlap:
to burlap and tie a newly dug tree.
Origin of burlap
1685-95; earlier borelap, equivalent to bore(l) coarse cloth (see bureau) + lap1 Unabridged
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  • The burlap or hopsack fabric used for dress or pea coat created a loose weave and colors glowed from patchwork effects.
  • Norris is hung up by his feet and has his head covered with a burlap bag containing an angry rat.
  • Fist-size oysters-the three-year-olds-went into burlap bags.
  • We then soak wet burlap in the plaster mix and wrap around the fossil.
  • Scrub bricks with burlap to eliminate any mortar stains.
  • For wrapping, use loosely tied burlap or a manufactured trunk wrapping material.
  • One of them carried a burlap bag which he threw on the floor of the car.
  • In coldest climates, protect from winter sun and wind with a burlap curtain add to my plant list.
  • Gold coins are put in a burlap bag and shaken for an hour or so.
  • People sat here and there in broken-backed kitchen chairs, sipping tea under the shade of bamboo and burlap.
British Dictionary definitions for burlap


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 burlap

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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