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hound's-tooth

[houndz-tooth] /ˈhaʊndzˌtuθ/
adjective
1.
woven or printed with a pattern of broken or jagged checks:
a hound's-tooth jacket.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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Contemporary definitions for houndstooth
noun

a woven fabric design of continuous broken checks or four-pointed stars; also called four-and-four check

Word Origin

pattern is reminiscent of the jagged back teeth of a hound

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Word Origin and History for houndstooth

also hound's tooth, as a design pattern, 1936, so called for resemblance.

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