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  • n. a large, broad lace collar from the 17th century

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large stiff collar in fashion about the beginning of the reign of James I., but the precise character of which is unknown. It appears to have been of French origin.
  • n. An edging of lace or cut-work, forming the ornamental part of the broad collar worn by women early in the seventeenth century.


Possibly from conjectured Spanish *picadillo, from picado ("punctured, pierced"); compare 17th century Spanish picadura ("a similar lace collar"). (Wiktionary)


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