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  • poldavy - "A course canvas or sacking, originally woven in Brittany and often used for sailcloth."

    from "A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales" by Dean King, 1995, page 288

    May 16, 2011

  • Also called poldway, it says here.

    January 10, 2009

  • poldavy according to my dictionary is sailcloth . . . actually a particular type of canvas originally woven in a town in Brittany, "Poldavide".

    January 10, 2009

  • "'...since we shall already be in the Baltic I should run across to Riga for cordage, spars and especially poldavy for our voyage: the finest poldavy I ever saw in my life came from Riga.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 233

    February 29, 2008