samite

samite

[sam-ahyt, sey-mahyt]
noun
a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English samit < Old French < Medieval Latin examitium, samitium < Greek hexámiton, neuter of hexámitos having six threads. See hexa-, mitosis

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samite (ˈsæmaɪt, ˈseɪ-)
 
n
a heavy fabric of silk, often woven with gold or silver threads, used in the Middle Ages for clothing
 
[C13: from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Greek hexamiton, from hexamitos having six threads, from hex six + mitos a thread]

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samite
"rich silk cloth," c.1300, from O.Fr. samit, from M.L. samitum, examitum, from Medieval Gk. hexamiton (source of O.C.S. oksamitu, Rus. aksamit "velvet"), prop. neut. of Gk. adj. hexamitos "six-threaded," from hex "six" + mitos "warp thread" (see mitre). The reason it was called
this is variously explained. Obsolete c.1600; revived by Tennyson. Ger. Sammet "velvet" is from French.
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