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orphrey

[awr-free] /ˈɔr fri/
noun, plural orphreys.
1.
an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
2.
gold embroidery.
3.
rich embroidery of any sort.
4.
a piece of richly embroidered material.
Also, orfray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/ (Show IPA).
Origin of orphrey
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold
Related forms
orphreyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orfray

orfray

/ˈɔːfrɪ/
noun
1.
a less common spelling of orphrey

orphrey

/ˈɔːfrɪ/
noun
1.
a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
Word Origin
C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian
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