One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Lacemaking and Needlework an ornamental edging formed by a series of small loops or twists of thread.
2Knitting an edge made by casting on or off using the needles as in purl stitch.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sophia Caulfeild (1824–1911), writer on needlework.
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