baize

[beyz]
noun
1.
a soft, usually green, woolen or cotton fabric resembling felt, used chiefly for the tops of billiard tables.
2.
an article of this fabric or of a fabric resembling it.
verb (used with object), baized, baizing.
3.
to line or cover with baize.

Origin:
1570–80; earlier bayes < French baies (noun), Old French (estoffes fabrics) baies, feminine plural of bai (adj.) bay5

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baize (beɪz)
 
n
1.  a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables
 
vb
2.  (tr) to line or cover with such fabric
 
[C16: from Old French baies, plural of baie baize, from bai reddish brown, bay5, perhaps the original colour of the fabric]

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baize
coarse woollen fabric, 1570s, bayse, from Fr. baies, fem. pl. of adj. bai "bay-colored," from L. badius "chestnut-colored" (see bay (4)).
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Example sentences
There was an angry divot on the pool table's baize, partially covered by a forsaken sneaker.
She is desperate, having lost her last franc on the green baize tables.
When he is on a hot streak, he boogies around the baize as if he were starring in a music video.
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