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- n. A coarse linen cloth made in the north of England and in Scotland, later replaced by calico.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coarse linen cloth made in the north of England and in Scotland, now nearly replaced by calico.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong and coarse linen cloth, used, until the introduction of machine-woven cotton cloth, for purposes not requiring fine linen. Yorkshire and the south of Scotland were the chief places of its manufacture during the eighteenth century.
- n. In modern use, a coarse cotton fabric made to imitate the linen cloth of the same name.
Probably from Doullens, a town of Picardy, in France, formerly celebrated for this manufacture. (Wiktionary)