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1      (English history)   land on the edge of a forest that was once included within the bounds of the royal forest but was later separated although still subject to some of the forest laws, esp. regarding hunting  
2    usually pl   a neighbouring area; outskirts  
3    often pl   a place one frequents; haunt  
4    Rare   a district or suburb, esp. one that is poor or squalid  
     (C15 purlewe, from Anglo-French puralé a going through (influenced also by Old French lieu place), from Old French puraler to traverse, from pur through + aler to go)  
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purline, purl, purler, purlin

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