from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
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- noun A
coarse woolen cloth.
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BUREAU (a Fr. word from _burel_ or _bureau_, a coarse cloth used for coverings), a writing-table or desk (_q. v._), also in America a low chest of drawers.
Bedford, who had the office of almoner from times of old, found the striped cloth or _burel_, which was laid down under the king's feet as he went from the hall as far as the pulpit of the Church of
¶ Mais fermoso estaa ao vilam mao burel que mao frisado
It in turn from Old French burel ` woolen cloth, 'and that from Latin burra
"burel clerk", that is, a man of simple learning or a layman.