from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An elaborate inlay of tortoiseshell, ivory, and metal, used especially in decorating furniture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A particularly decorative piece of brass or other material, used as inlay in furniture or other works.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Decorative woodwork in which tortoise shell, yellow metal, white metal, etc., are inlaid, forming scrolls, cartouches, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A style of inlaid decoration in cabinet-work practised by Boule, a celebrated designer under Louis XIV.; also, the articles so decorated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
After André Charles Boulle or Buhl (1642-1732), French woodcarver.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A pronunciation spelling of Boulle, a French woodcarver. (Wiktionary)