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buckram

[buhk-ruh m] /ˈbʌk rəm/
noun
1.
a stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings, etc.
2.
stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality.
verb (used with object), buckramed, buckraming.
3.
to strengthen with buckram.
4.
Archaic. to give a false appearance of importance, value, or strength to.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English bukeram < Middle High German buckeram or Old Italian bucherame, said to be named after Bukhara, once noted for textiles
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  • Anything from cloth or buckram-covered bricks to window sash weights to can be used.
British Dictionary definitions for buckram

buckram

/ˈbʌkrəm/
noun
1.
  1. cotton or linen cloth stiffened with size, etc, used in lining or stiffening clothes, bookbinding, etc
  2. (as modifier): a buckram cover
2.
(archaic) stiffness of manner
verb -rams, -raming, -ramed
3.
(transitive) to stiffen with buckram
Word Origin
C14: from Old French boquerant, from Old Provençal bocaran, ultimately from Bukhara, once an important source of textiles
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Word Origin and History for buckram
n.

early 13c., from Old French boquerant "fine oriental cloth" (12c., Modern French bougran), probably (along with Spanish bucarán, Italian bucherame) from Bukhara, city in central Asia from which it was imported to Europe. Originally a name of a delicate, costly fabric, it later came to mean coarse linen used for lining. The -m in the English word may indicate Italian origin (cf. Italian bucherame, 14c.).

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