[ 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.
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
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Hast aught plotting in the hem of thy purfle, or in thy holiday ruff and fardingale?
British Dictionary definitions for purfle
/ (ˈpɜːfəl) /
noun Also: purfling
a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
(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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