The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(1) A block of wood, primarily aspen or birch, processed for making different objects, such as cups and spoons.
(2) Figuratively, bit’ baklushi, to waste one’s time, to idle around.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.