Purfile
Purfile Pur"file, n. [See {Purfle}.] A sort of ancient trimming of tinsel and thread for women's gowns; -- called also {bobbinwork}. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

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  • bobbinwork — Purfile Pur file, n. [See {Purfle}.] A sort of ancient trimming of tinsel and thread for women s gowns; called also {bobbinwork}. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purl — Purl, v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See {Purfle}.] To decorate with fringe or embroidery. Nature s cradle more enchased and purled. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purfle — /ˈpɜfəl/ (say perfuhl) verb (t) (purfled, purfling) 1. to finish with an ornamental border. –noun Also, purfling. 2. an ornamental border, as one of inlaid wood around the edge of a violin table. {Middle English purfile(n), from Old French… …   Australian English dictionary

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