Definition of purfle in English:

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purfle

Pronunciation: /ˈpərfəl/

noun

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

verb

[with object] (often as noun purfling)
Decorate (something) with an ornamental border.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: pur·fle

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