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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic The red color of a coarse woolen cloth sometimes used for undergarments.
  • n. Obsolete A coarse woolen cloth for undergarments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woolen cloth used in medieval times to make undergarments.
  • n. A bright red colour, like that of the stammel cloth.
  • adj. Of a bright red colour, like that of the stammel cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the color of stammel; having a red color, thought inferior to scarlet.
  • n. A large, clumsy horse.
  • n. A kind of woolen cloth formerly in use. It seems to have been often of a red color.
  • n. A red dye, used in England in the 15th and 16th centuries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of woolen cloth, of a red color: red linsey-woolsey: probably same as stamin.
  • n. Hence The color of stammel: a red inferior in brilliancy to scarlet.
  • Of or pertaining to stammel or its hue; red; made of stammel.
  • n. A large, clumsy horse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coarse woolen cloth formerly used for undergarments and usually dyed bright red

Etymologies

Probably alteration of stamin, from Middle English stamyn, from Old French estamine, from Vulgar Latin *stāminea, from Latin, feminine of stāmineus, consisting of threads, from stāmen, stāmin-, thread; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A handful of stammel of cloth or of horse
    Is to give up the scarlet and racer of course.

    June 17, 2010