verb pur·fle \ˈpər-fəl\
pur·fledpur·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of PURFLE

transitive verb
:  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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