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wainscot

[weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht] /ˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt/
noun
1.
wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls.
2.
the lining itself, especially as covering the lower portion of a wall.
3.
a dado, especially of wood, lining an interior wall.
4.
British. oak of superior quality and cut, imported from the Baltic countries for fine woodwork.
verb (used with object), wainscoted, wainscoting or (especially British) wainscotted, wainscotting.
5.
to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork:
a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)
Related forms
unwainscoted, adjective
unwainscotted, adjective
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wainscot

/ˈweɪnskət/
noun
1.
Also called wainscoting, wainscotting. a lining applied to the walls of a room, esp one of wood panelling
2.
the lower part of the walls of a room, esp when finished in a material different from the upper part
3.
fine quality oak used as wainscot
verb
4.
(transitive) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German wagenschot, perhaps from wagenwagon + schot planking, related to German Scheit piece of wood
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Word Origin and History for un wainscotted

wainscot

n.

mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.

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wainscot

interior paneling in general and, more specifically, paneling that covers only the lower portion of an interior wall or partition. It has a decorative or protective function and is usually of wood, although tile and marble have at times been popular. The molding along the upper edge is called a wainscot cap and may serve as a chair rail

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