Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The brill.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To flow.
  • noun obsolete A stream.
  • noun A nugget of virgin metal.
  • noun Ore selected for excellence.
  • noun The button of metal from an assay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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A variant of purl, 17th century.

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Origin unknown. OED mentions Cornish pryl "sheep-droppings" as a likely loan from English.

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