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baize

[beyz] /beɪz/
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
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier bayes < French baies (noun), Old French (estoffes fabrics) baies, feminine plural of bai (adj.) bay5
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  • There was an angry divot on the pool table's baize, partially covered by a forsaken sneaker.
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British Dictionary definitions for baize

baize

/beɪz/
noun
1.
a woollen fabric resembling felt, usually green, used mainly for the tops of billiard tables
verb
2.
(transitive) to line or cover with such fabric
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for baize
n.

coarse woolen fabric, 1570s, bayse, from French baies, fem. plural of adjective bai "bay-colored," from Latin badius "chestnut-colored" (see bay (n.4)). Thus probably so called for its original color. French plural taken as a singular in English.

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