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[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.’
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.
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