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[pur-fuh l]
verb (used with object), pur·fled, pur·fling.
  1. to finish with an ornamental border.
  2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature.
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  1. Also called pur·fling. an ornamental border, as the inlaid border near the outer edge of the table and back of a stringed instrument.
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Origin of purfle

1275–1325; Middle English purfilen < Middle French porfiler to make or adorn a border, equivalent to por- pro1 + filer to spin, derivative of fil thread < Latin fīlum. See profile
Related formspur·fler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for purfle


noun Also: purfling
  1. a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
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  1. (tr) to decorate with such a band or bands
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French purfiler to decorate with a border, from filer to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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