dimity

dimity

[dim-i-tee]
noun, plural dimities.
a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn.

Origin:
1400–50; earlier dimite, late Middle English demyt < Medieval Latin dimettum < Greek dímiton, noun use of neuter of dímitos double-threaded, equivalent to di- di-1 + mít(os) warp thread + -os adj. suffix; source of final syllable unclear

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dimity (ˈdɪmɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
a.  a light strong cotton fabric with woven stripes or squares
 b.  (as modifier): a dimity bonnet
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimiton, from di-1 + mitos thread of the warp]

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dimity

(from Greek dimitos, "of double thread"), lightweight, sheer cotton fabric with two or more warp threads thrown into relief, forming fine cords. Originally dimity was made of silk or wool, but since the 18th century it has been woven almost exclusively of cotton.

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