Borrowed from French bureau, earlier "coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize", from Old French burel ("woolen cloth"), diminutive of *bure (compare Middle French bure ("coarse woolen cloth"), French bourre ("hair, fluff")), from Late Latin burra ("wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric"); akin to Ancient Greek βερβέριον ("shabby garment"). burel, and borrel, taken from Old French.
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