|1.||a small knot or lump in wool|
|2.||a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees|
|3.||(tr) to remove the burls from (cloth)|
|[C15: from Old French burle tuft of wool, probably ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth]|
|burl (bûrl) Pronunciation Key
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A large, rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree. Burls develop from one or more twig buds whose cells continue to multiply but never differentiate so that the twig can elongate into a limb. Burls do not usually cause harm to trees.