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ˈbɜr læpburlap

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burlap, gunnynoun

    coarse jute fabric


  1. burlapnoun

    A very strong, coarse cloth, made from jute, flax or hemp, and used to make sacks etc.


  1. burlap

    Hessian (UK: , US: ), burlap in the United States and Canada, or crocus in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, is a woven fabric usually made from skin of the jute plant or sisal fibres, which may be combined with other vegetable fibres to make rope, nets, and similar products. Gunny is similar in texture and construction. Hessian, a dense woven fabric, has historically been produced as a coarse fabric, but more recently it is being used in a refined state known simply as jute as an eco-friendly material for bags, rugs and other products. The name "hessian" is attributed to the historic use of the fabric as part of the uniform of soldiers from the former Landgraviate of Hesse and its successors, including the current German state of Hesse, who were called "Hessians". Hessian cloth is available in different types of construction, form, size and color. The origin of the word burlap is unknown, though its earliest known appearance is in the late 17th century, and its etymology is speculated to derive from the Middle English borel ("coarse cloth"), the Old French burel and/or the Dutch boeren ("coarse"), in the latter case perhaps interfused with boer ("peasant"). The second element is the Dutch word lap, "piece of cloth".


  1. burlap

    Burlap is a rough, coarse material made from jute, hemp, or similar fibers, often used for sacks or bags, or in furniture and interior design for its rustic aesthetic. Its texture and weave are sturdy but breathable, which makes burlap a popular material for agricultural and industrial packaging, as well as gardening, craft projects, and home decor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burlapnoun

    a coarse fabric, made of jute or hemp, used for bagging; also, a finer variety of similar material, used for curtains, etc

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burlap

    bur′lap, n. a coarse canvas for wrappings, &c.—usually in pl. [Origin unknown.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burlap in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burlap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique.

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