prunella

prunella

[proo-nel-uh]
noun
1.
a strong, lightweight worsted constructed in a twill weave, used in the manufacture of women's and children's apparel.
2.
a smooth-faced fabric made of mixed fibers or wool, formerly used in the manufacture of women's dresses and of robes for clerics, scholars, and lawyers.
Also, prunelle, prunello [proo-nel-oh] .


Origin:
1650–60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth

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prunella, prunelle or prunello1 (pruːˈnɛlə, pruːˈnɛl, pruːˈnɛləʊ)
 
n
a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes
 
[C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth]
 
prunelle, prunelle or prunello1
 
n
 
[C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth]
 
prunello, prunelle or prunello1
 
n
 
[C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth]

prunella2 (pruːˈnɛlə)
 
n
See selfheal
 
[New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Braüne quinsy, which it was thought to cure]

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