- Also Perceval, Per·ci·vale. Arthurian Romance. a knight of King Arthur's court who sought the Holy Grail: comparable to Parzival or Parsifal in Teutonic legend.
- a male given name: from Old French words meaning “pierce” and “valley.”
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"Looks as if there were something doing there," said Percival, as they drove off the wharf.
"I've just finished," said Percival, glancing down the last sheet.
Half a dozen of Percival's friends sat at the table with them from time to time.
On the contrary, indeed, he appeared to joy immensely in Percival's way of life.
"But I tell you she isn't right," insisted Percival, warmly.
- (in Arthurian legend) a knight in King Arthur's courtGerman equivalent: Parzival
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