from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coarse woolen stuff or frieze. It was in use in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Also peniston, peneston, pennistone, pennystone, and forest whites.
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"She has been fed, -- if not with cates and dainties, then with bread and meat; she has been clothed, -- if not in silk and lace, then in good blue linen and penistone.