from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stuff of wool, or wool and silk, mentioned in the seventeenth century: it was similar to lasting.
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Lettice's Sunday best was not of an extravagant character, being a dark green perpetuana gown, trimmed with silver lace, a mantle of plum-coloured cloth, and a plum-coloured hood lined with dark green.
"I think, my dear, the green perpetuana were not too good, with clean apron, ruff, and cuffs, and a silver lace: but I would have nought more."
"They are lined with perpetuana, Aunt," answered Aubrey, who seemed greatly amused by this reckoning.