Purl, n. [See 3d Purl.] 1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow,Drayton.
Which on the sparkling gravel runs in purles,
As though the waves had been of silver curls.
2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions; as, the
purl of a brook.
3. [Perh. from F.
perler, v. See Purl to mantle.] Malt liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices. "Drank a glass of purl to recover appetite."
Addison. "Drinking hot purl, and smoking pipes."
(Zol.) A tern.
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