orfray

orfray

[awr-frey, -free]
noun
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orfray (ˈɔːfrɪ)
 
n
a less common spelling of orphrey

orphrey or (less commonly) orfray (ˈɔːfrɪ)
 
n
a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
 
[C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian]
 
orfray or (less commonly) orfray
 
n
 
[C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian]

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orfray

highly elaborate embroidery work, or a piece of such embroidery. More specifically orphrey is an ornamental border, or embroidered band, especially as used on ecclesiastical vestments. Orphreys often utilized cloth of gold, gold trimming, or gold and silk weft, or filling. They were frequently woven several bands wide and then cut apart.

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