Definition of purlicue in US English:

purlicue

noun

Scottish
rare
  • 1In the Presbyterian churches: a recapitulation of sermons or addresses previously delivered. Also: an exhortation traditionally delivered at the close of a sermon. See also quot. 1825. Now historical.

  • 2Originally English regional (northern). The space between a person's extended forefinger and thumb. rare.

Origin

Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Probably from Scots pirlie curly, twisted + a second element of uncertain origin, perhaps cue. The origin of sense 4 is unclear.

Pronunciation

purlicue

/ˈpəːlɪkjuː/