from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a lace made of linen thread, so called because woven with bobbins of bone.
  • n. etc. See under Bone, Brussels, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lace, usually of linen thread, made on a cushion with bobbins, and taking its sole or chief decorative character from the pattern woven into it, as distinguished from point-lace: so named from the fact that the bobbins were originally made of bone.


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