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tr.v. pur·fled, pur·fling, pur·fles
To finish or decorate the border or edge of.

[Middle English purfilen, from Old French porfiler, from Vulgar Latin *prōfīlāre : Latin prō-, forth; see pro-1 + Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.]
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In Book 1 of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, the Redcrosse Knight is distracted from his virtuous path by the appearance of the lewd Fidessa, "A goodly Lady clad in scarlot red, / Purfled with gold and pearle of rich assay" (644; 2.
He depicts the silent dances of flowers: spiked empyrean drift of love-in-the-mist; hoisted silks of peaseblossom; purfled edges of carnations; threaded balls of chrysanthemums; scattered regrets of shed petals.