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purlin

[pur-lin] /ˈpɜr lɪn/
noun
1.
a longitudinal member in a roof frame, usually for supporting common rafters or the like between the plate and the ridge.
Also, purline.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English purlyn, purloyne, akin to Anglo-Latin perliō; of uncertain origin
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purlin

/ˈpɜːlɪn/
noun
1.
a horizontal beam that provides intermediate support for the common rafters of a roof construction
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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