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Burl--(1) A knotlike growth on the trunks of trees or plants; often produced with adventitious buds.
The center of the wallpiece is a small, navy-blue square that fits exactly into the center of the knotlike interchange, linking the motif in the foreground to the Stella-like background.
Now, theorists have for the first time discovered a way to generate stable knotlike structures as solutions of the equations of field theory, which is widely used to describe many kinds of physical systems.