Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light-colored tobacco grown chiefly in Kentucky and used especially in making cigarettes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The butt-end of a lance.
  • noun A well-known American variety of tobacco, having two subvarieties, red and white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tobacco grown mainly in Kentucky used in making cigarettes.
  • noun Blood and offal used by fishermen to attract fish.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from the name Burley.]

Examples

  • U.S. tobacco supporters complain that the law overreached to cover American burley, which is laced with flavors to smooth its harsh taste.

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  • a whole flying-fish, make his line ready for casting, and then throw over some "burley" -- half a dozen flying-fish chopped into small pieces.

    The Call Of The South 1908

  • This was the crushed shells and bodies of _uga_, or small land crabs, and was to be used as 'burley' to attract the fish to the wake of the canoes.

    Rídan The Devil And Other Stories 1899

  • Suddenly, just as my companion had thrown another handful of 'burley' into the water, three big blue groper rose to the surface almost together, and, swallowing the crushed-up crab, began swimming round and round the edges of the pool eagerly seeking for more.

    Rídan The Devil And Other Stories 1899

  • You ever stop to think maybe the 4 burley men in front of you were sleeping and a scream startled them awake?

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  • If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.

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  • If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.

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  • If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.

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  • If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.

    Page 3

  • If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.

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