(?), n. [Corrupted (by influence of lieu place) fr. OF. purale, porale (equiv. to LL. perambulatio a survey of boundaries, originally, a going through); por (L. pro, confused, however, with L. per through) + ale. See Pro-, and Alley.]
[Written also pourlieu.]
1. Originally, the ground near a royal forest, which, having been unlawfully added to the forest, was afterwards severed from it, and disafforested so as to remit to the former owners their rights.
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Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spied
In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play.
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2. Hence, the outer portion of any place; an adjacent district; environs; neighborhood. "The purlieus of St. James."
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brokers had been incessantly plying for custom in the purlieus of the court.
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} (?), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Arch.) In root construction, a horizontal member supported on the principals and supporting the common rafters.
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