purfle

purfle

[pur-fuhl]
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; 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

purfler, noun
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purfle (ˈpɜːfəl)
 
n
1.  a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
 
vb
2.  (tr) to decorate with such a band or bands
 
[C14: from Old French purfiler to decorate with a border, from filer to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum]

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