verb transitive, verb intransitive
to form (one or more inverted
stitches) in knitting
a small loop, or a chain of loops, made on the edge of lace
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Word origin of 'purl'prob. < earlier pyrle < a Romance source as in It (Venetian) pirlo, a joining of warp and woof by twisting together the threads < echoic base *pirl, to twirl