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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A coarse linen cloth made in the north of England and in Scotland, now nearly replaced by calico.
- Probably from Doullens, a town of Picardy, in France, formerly celebrated for this manufacture. (Wiktionary)
“He had a strong common sense, like that which Rose Flammock, the weaver's daughter, in Scott's romance, commends in her father, as resembling a yardstick, which, whilst it measures dowlas and diaper, can equally well measure tapestry and cloth of gold.”
“Material for making garments included linen of several grades, blue linen for facing doublets, dowlas, canvas for sheets and shirts.”
“The net for this should be made of strong wire in the shape of the net at Fig. 46, or 43, if without the joints, a bag of strong dowlas and a stick are attached, and the front square-ended part is pushed by the collector through the grass, in order to trap any low feeding or invisible insects.”
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“In the outer room, apparently a storeroom, there was, in accordance with the practice of planters to keep a supply of materials on hand, a quantity of piece-goods in dowlas, lockram, dimity, coarse Holland, fine Holland and tufted Holland, osnaburg and kersey, and seventeen ells (45 inches in English measure and 27 inches in Dutch measure) of sheeting, as well as yarn stockings.”
“Dowlas, filthy dowlas: I have given them away to bakers wives, and they have made bolters of them.”
“He was a tall man, with hair that was more red than brown, and he was dressed in a shirt of dowlas, leather breeches, and coarse plantation-made shoes and stockings.”
“At a long, low table stood Mistress Betty Carrington, her slender figure enveloped in an apron of blue dowlas, her sleeves of fine holland rolled above her elbows, and her white and rounded arms plunged deep into a great bowl filled with the purple globes of the wild grape.”
“I went with the throng, jostled alike by velvet and dowlas, by youths with their estates upon their backs and naked fantastically painted savages, and trampling the tobacco with which the greedy citizens had planted the very street.”
“You can swear that you did n't know her to be of finer weave than dowlas.”
“One with a shirt of coarsest dowlas, and a filthy rag tying up a broken head, yet wore velvet breeches, and wiped the sweat from his face with a wrought handkerchief; the other topped a suit of shreds and patches with a fine bushy ruff, and swung from one ragged shoulder a cloak of grogram lined with taffeta.”
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Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
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