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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Purfling Ornamentation on the border of a thing; specifically, the inlaid border of a musical instrument, as a violin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purfling An ornamental border, generally composed of ebony and maple or sycamore, inlaid in the edges of violins and similar instruments.
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In literature:

She watched it curdling, crinkling, and the snow Purfled upon its wave-tops.
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
I should think it summer still, but that I see the lanes yellow-purfled with flowers of autumn.
"The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" by George Gissing
Hast aught plotting in the hem of thy purfle, or in thy holiday ruff and fardingale?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Purfled, ii, 13, embroidered on the edge.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
All Fiddles purfled with whalebone are dubbed "Jacobs," and no other maker is credited with using such purfling.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Haven't I made bargains and ventures when thou hast been idling in hall and bower with love-ditties and ladies' purfles?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The lower end of the joint near the purfling will require a little additional cramping together.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
Then I take this specially-made purfling tool, No.
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
Double purfled violins seem never to have left his hands, as none appear to be extant and no mention is made of any.
"Antonio Stradivari" by Horace William Petherick
He made some good instruments, but did not purfle them.
"Violins and Violin Makers" by Joseph Pearce

In news:

The violin maker and his assistants sit hunched over high workbenches and peer through magnifiers at the abalone inlay, the ebony purfling, a rosewood tuning peg.