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prunella

[proo-nel-uh] /pruˈnɛl ə/
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] /pruˈnɛl oʊ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth
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British Dictionary definitions for prunella

prunella1

/pruːˈnɛlə/
noun
1.
a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth

prunella2

/pruːˈnɛlə/
noun
1.
See selfheal
Word Origin
New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Braüne quinsy, which it was thought to cure
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Word Origin and History for prunella
n.

stout textile used for men's robes and gowns, 1650s, from French prunelle, noun use of adjective meaning "plum-colored," from prunelle, diminutive of prune "plum" (see prune (n.)).

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