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

  • n. A coarse damask.
  • n. Lower Northern U.S. A stone small enough to throw from a field being cleared.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse sort of damask, originally made at Tournay (in Flemish, Doornick), Belgium, and used for hangings, carpets, etc. Also, a stout figured linen manufactured in Scotland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stout linen cloth, especially a damask linen having a simple diaper pattern, formerly much used for church vestments, altar-hangings, etc.
  • n. Linsey-woolsey: in this sense
  • n. A pebble or cobblestone; any small fragment of rock.


Middle English, after Doornik (Tournai), a city of southwest Belgium.
Probably from Irish Gaelic dornóg, a small round stone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Probably from Irish dornóg; a stone small enough to throw. (From AWAD)

    June 10, 2008