Definition of purfle in English:

purfle

Line breaks: pur¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːf(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1An ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin.
  • 1.1 archaic An embroidered edge of a garment.

verb

[with object] (often as noun purfling) Back to top  
  • Decorate (something) with an ornamental border: close examination of the violin shows that it contains the characteristic purfling

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French porfil (noun), porfiler (verb), based on Latin pro 'forward' + filum 'thread'.

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