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tartan1 (ˈtɑːtən)
1.  a.  a design of straight lines, crossing at right angles to give a chequered appearance, esp the distinctive design or designs associated with each Scottish clan: the Buchanan tartan
 b.  (as modifier): a tartan kilt
2.  a woollen fabric or garment with this design
3.  the tartan Highland dress
[C16: perhaps from Old French tertaine linsey-woolsey, from Old Spanish tiritaña a fine silk fabric, from tiritar to rustle]

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