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.

1685–95; earlier borelap, equivalent to bore(l) coarse cloth (see bureau) + lap1

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burlap (ˈbɜːlæp)
a coarse fabric woven from jute, hemp, or the like
[C17: from borel coarse cloth, from Old French burel (see bureau) + lap1]

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Word Origin & History

1690s, probably from M.E. borel "coarse cloth," from O.Fr. burel (see bureau); or Du. boeren "coarse," perhaps confused with boer "peasant." The second element, -lap, meant "piece of cloth."
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Example sentences
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.
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