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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purl \Purl\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Purled; p. pr. & vb. n. Purling.] [Cf. Sw. porla, and E. pur to murmur as a cat.] 1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions. [1913 Webster] Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills, Louder and louder purl the falling rills. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl, v. & n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle. [1913 Webster] thin winding breath which purled up to the sky. --Shak. [1913 Webster]