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 for burl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burl \Burl\, n.
     1. A knot or lump in thread or cloth.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An overgrown knot, or an excrescence, on a tree; also,
        veneer made from such excrescences.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burl \Burl\ (b[^u]rl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burled (b[^u]rld);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Burling.] [OE. burle stuffing, or a knot in
     cloth; cf. F. bourlet, bourrelet, OF. bourel, a wreath or a
     roll of cloth, linen, or leather, stuffed with flocks, etc.,
     dim. of bourre. [root]92. See Bur.]
     To dress or finish up (cloth); to pick knots, burs, loose
     threads, etc., from, as in finishing cloth.
     [1913 Webster]
     Burling iron, a peculiar kind of nippers or tweezers used
        in burling woolen cloth.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used
           decoratively in veneer
      2: a large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree
      3: soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or
         created by design [syn: slub, knot, burl]
      v 1: remove the burls from cloth

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "burl":
     bilge, blain, bleb, blister, blob, boss, bow, bubble, bulb, bulge,
     bulla, bump, bunch, button, cahot, chine, clump, condyle, convex,
     dowel, ear, flange, flap, gall, gnarl, handle, hill, hump, hunch,
     jog, joggle, knob, knot, knur, knurl, lip, loop, lump, mole,
     mountain, nevus, nub, nubbin, nubble, papilloma, peg, rib, ridge,
     ring, shoulder, spine, stud, style, tab, tubercle, tubercule,
     verruca, vesicle, wale, wart, welt

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