from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A particular style of openwork stitching. The word is also used adjectively.


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  • Walter Scott, with his usual quick perception of _character_ in buildings, as well as in man, puts an admirable reference to these salient points into the mouth of Andrew Fairservice, who exclaims, 'Ah! it's a brave kirk; nane o' yer whigmaleeries an 'curliwurlies, an' open-steek hems about it. '

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys


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