verb (used with object), purfled, purfling.
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.
Origin: 1275–1325; Middle English purfilen Related forms
< Middle French porfiler
to make or adorn a border, equivalent to por- pro1
to spin, derivative of fil
thread < Latin fīlum.