counter pane

counterpane

[koun-ter-peyn]
noun Older Use.
a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread.

Origin:
1425–75; counter- + pane (in obsolete sense bedspread); replacing late Middle English counterpoynte < Middle French contre-pointe quilt, alteration (by association with contre- counter-) of cou(s)tepointe, coitepointe < Latin culcita puncta pricked pillow. See quilt, point

counterpaned, adjective
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counterpane (ˈkaʊntəˌpeɪn)
 
n
another word for bedspread
 
[C17: from obsolete counterpoint (influenced by pane coverlet), changed from Old French coutepointe quilt, from Medieval Latin culcita puncta quilted mattress]

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counterpane
"outer covering of a bed," 1459, alteration of counterpoint (q.v.) on model of M.Fr. pan, L. pannus "cloth" (see pane).
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