Surfle
Surfel Sur"fel, Surfle Sur"fle, v. t. [Cf. {Sulphur}.] To wash, as the face, with a cosmetic water, said by some to be prepared from the sulphur. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

She shall no oftener powder her hair, [or] surfel her cheeks, . . . but she shall as often gaze on my picture. --Ford. [1913 Webster]


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  • Surfel — Sur fel, Surfle Sur fle, v. t. [Cf. {Sulphur}.] To wash, as the face, with a cosmetic water, said by some to be prepared from the sulphur. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She shall no oftener powder her hair, [or] surfel her cheeks, . . . but she shall as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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