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purfle

play
verb pur·fle \ˈpər-fəl\

Definition of purfle

pur·fledpur·fling play \-f(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to ornament the border or edges of

purfle noun


Origin of purfle

Middle English purfilen, from purfil embroidered border, from Anglo-French, from pur for, in place of (from Latin pro-) + fil thread, yarn — more at pro-, file


First Known Use: 14th century


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