from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to flow, spurt
  • n. a rill, a small stream
  • n. a spinning top
  • n. a pellet, a granule, a small bead
  • n. rich copper ore remaining after removal of low-grade material; a droplet of copper suspended in molten slag
  • n. A nugget of virgin metal.
  • n. The button of metal from an assay.
  • v. to produce pellets by forming a molten substance into droplets which solidify while falling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The brill.
  • n. A stream.
  • n.
  • n. A nugget of virgin metal.
  • n. Ore selected for excellence.
  • n. The button of metal from an assay.
  • intransitive v. To flow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flow with a murmuring sound; purl.
  • To pierce.
  • To turn sour.
  • To get tipsy.
  • n. A child's whirligig.
  • n. A small stream of water.
  • n. Same as brill.
  • n. A small bit or quantity.
  • n. In mining, the better parts of ore from which inferior pieces have been separated; a nugget of virgin metal.
  • n. A button or globule of metal obtained by assaying a specimen of ore in the cupel.


A variant of purl, 17th century. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. OED mentions Cornish pryl "sheep-droppings" as a likely loan from English. (Wiktionary)



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