from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long full skirt belled out with a series of connected circular supports.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A women's undergarment worn in various historical periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape, typically consisting of a fabric petticoat with casings to hold a stiffening material, variously rope, osiers, whalebone, steel, or nylon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat.
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