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

  • n. Variant of paillasse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin mattress or under bed stuffed with straw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See paillasse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as paillasse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mattress consisting of a thin pad filled with straw or sawdust


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  • Double tier wooden bunks have been placed in the various rooms, with a palliasse and two blankets per man.

    Work Camp 10049 GW

  • The double tiered wooden bunks have a palliasse and one blanket per man.

    Work Camp 10030 GW, Lavamund

  • Elis ground angry fists in the rustling straw of their palliasse, and heaved himself round in the bed.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Of course, this man Rubashov had his merits and a great past; but it was one thing to see him on the platform at a congress and another, on a palliasse in a cell.


  • Now he could ask himself which was better: two decades of dreams on a palliasse in a dark cell or two weeks 'reality in the light of day.


  • He lay tossing restlessly on a dirty old straw palliasse, and was in great pain; but greeted his friend with a dash of the old brio.

    Australia Felix

  • Barely stretched on his palliasse he had been routed out to attend to Long Jim, who had missed his footing and pitched into a shaft.

    Australia Felix

  • He hid the wallet with the sigil under his palliasse, which was closest to the outer door so he could sneak out easily at night, then went down the corridor to the necessarium.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • He felt beneath his palliasse, finding the wrapped book and the sigil inside his wallet just as he had left them.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • They pushed Sharpe into the wall, laying him on a thin, lumpy straw palliasse, and his head was in the low space where the brick arch met the floor.

    Sharpe's Sword


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