Definition of boulle in English:

boulle

(also buhl)

noun

  • [mass noun] Brass, tortoiseshell, or other material cut to make a pattern and used for inlaying furniture:

    [as modifier] ‘boulle cabinets’
    • ‘There is also an impossible fruit salad of different materials: giltwood combined with boulle combined with ivory-inlaid tortoiseshell.’
    • ‘On June 14, for example, it has organized a one-day conference on marquetry and boulle.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French boule, from the name of André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker. The variant buhl is apparently a modern Germanized spelling.

Pronunciation:

boulle

/buːl/