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1An ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin.
- 1.1archaic An embroidered edge of a garment.
verb[with object]often as noun purfling
Decorate (something) with an ornamental border.‘close examination of the violin shows that it contains the characteristic purfling’decoration, trimming, ornamentation, adornment, embellishmentView synonyms
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French porfil (noun), porfiler (verb), based on Latin pro ‘forward’ + filum ‘thread’.
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