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purfle

[pur-fuh l] /ˈpɜr fəl/
verb (used with object), purfled, purfling.
1.
to finish with an ornamental border.
2.
to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature.
noun
3.
Also called purfling. an ornamental border, as the inlaid border near the outer edge of the table and back of a stringed instrument.
Origin
1275-1325
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 forms
purfler, noun
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purfle

/ˈpɜːfəl/
noun
1.
a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to decorate with such a band or bands
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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