- French; compare Old French ferrant iron-gray, from Latin ferrum iron. (Wiktionary)
“Be this as it may, I was walking joyously beside my aunt that beautiful Easter morning, and part of the joy in my heart was for the beautiful puce-colored ferrandine that sat so well and had an air of distinction I was sure no other clothes of mine had ever had, for these were made in Paris.”
“The next morning was Easter, and, dressed in a new suit of puce-colored ferrandine, with fresh ruffles of finest lace, and a new plume in my hat, I walked decorously beside my aunt through the thronged streets, every one dressed in his best and every one going the same way -- to the Church of the Madeleine, to see the First Consul attend service.”
“On dress of precious ferrandine/of silk from Araby.”
“65 “Ferran”, a gray colored cloth of silk and wool; from O.F. “ferrandine”.”
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