paillasse

paillasse

[pal-yas, pal-yas, pal-ee-as, pal-ee-as]
noun
Chiefly British. a mattress of straw; pallet.
Also, palliasse.


Origin:
1500–10; < French < Italian pagliaccio straw pallet, equivalent to pagli(a) straw (< Latin palea chaff) + -accio pejorative noun suffix

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paillasse (ˈpælɪˌæs, ˌpælɪˈæs)
 
n
a variant spelling (esp US) of palliasse

palliasse or esp (US) paillasse (ˈpælɪˌæs, ˌpælɪˈæs, ˈpælɪˌæs, ˌpælɪˈæs)
 
n
a straw-filled mattress; pallet
 
[C18: from French paillasse, from Italian pagliaccio, ultimately from Latin paleapallet1]
 
paillasse or esp (US) paillasse
 
n
 
[C18: from French paillasse, from Italian pagliaccio, ultimately from Latin paleapallet1]

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