serged

serge

2 [surj]
verb (used with object), serged, serging.
to overcast (unfinished seams or edges, as in a fabric or rug), especially by machine, in order to prevent fraying.

Origin:
perhaps to be identified with serge1, though sense shift is unclear

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serge (sɜːdʒ)
 
n
1.  a twill-weave woollen or worsted fabric used for clothing
2.  a similar twilled cotton, silk, or rayon fabric
 
[C14: from Old French sarge, from Vulgar Latin sārica (unattested), from Latin sēricum, from Greek sērikon silk, from sērikos silken, from sēr silkworm]

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serge
1382, from O.Fr. serge, from V.L. *sarica, in M.L. "cloth of wool mixed with silk or linen," from L. serica (vestis) "silken (garment)," from serica, from Gk. serike, fem. of serikos "silken" (see silk). The Fr. word is the source of Ger. sarsche, Dan. sarge, etc.
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