from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rich stuff, probably of silk, in use in the sixteenth century.
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Usually these glances came from women, though sometimes from gentlemen, who simply admired his fashionable clothes, often of caffa, and his velvet hats; at other times these glances were of a concupiscent nature, whereupon I was made to feel most ill at ease.
We brag about them, and when we wish to be especially smart we pronounce them caffa-tuh-ree-ah.
It was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen—a froth of pale pink caffa, silver embroidery, and gossamer white lawn puffed out through slits in the sleeves and bodice.