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purfle

[ pur-fuhl ]
/ ˈpɜr fəl /
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verb (used with object), pur·fled, pur·fling.

to finish with an ornamental border.
to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature.

noun

Also called purfling. 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

OTHER WORDS FROM purfle

purfler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for purfle

purfle
/ (ˈpɜːfəl) /

noun Also: purfling

a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc

verb

(tr) to decorate with such a band or bands

Word Origin for purfle

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