There, in the corner, was a portrait of the actress ellen terry.
This week: David Lodge's new novel about H.G. Wells, the eccentric letters of ellen terry, and Thomas Hardy's unfortunate critics.
"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, possibly an alteration of French tiré "drawn," from past participle of tirer "draw out" (cf. German gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").