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  • n. Linen of the highest quality, especially that suited for use on an altar. The use of other quality fabric is now more common.


fair + linen (Wiktionary)


  • The doctor had been sitting by the patient, but now that he could do no more for him he had moved to the fire; and they had taken the ghastly, half-emptied medicine bottles from the table by the bed-side, and had spread it with a fair linen cloth, and had set out the silver vessels of the Supper of the Lord.

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