from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the peculiar formation brought about by the large size of the labia minora of the vulva, which hang down between the small labia majora: found particularly among the Hottentots and Bushmen.


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  • I remember your "Lettres de ma terrasse", your description of "le tablier" worn by French women two or three generations ago ... and your crafty ways to transform some "tiges de lavande & rubans" into charming "fusettes de lavande".

    lievre - French Word-A-Day

  • Une vraie péquenaude avec son tablier bleu, son sécateur, sa petite pelle.

    péquenaud - French Word-A-Day

  • Bushmen, Hottentots, and other races, having such physiological peculiarities as the steatopyge, the tablier, and other developments described, in 1815, by the great Cuvier.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • The fringe is continued from the bottom of the lapel down each side of the _tablier_.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • [17] The words are, -- "M. Arago n'a pas aperçu nettement les agitations annoncées comme étant engendrées à distance, par l'intermédiaire d'un tablier, sur un guéridon en bois: d'autres observateurs ont trouvé que les agitations étaient sensibles."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • Hottentot women the extraordinary prolongation of the nymphae which is often called "the Hottentot apron" or _tablier_.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • _Khuai_ has, however, been translated as the Bushman word for _tablier égyptien_ (see below), adopted as the racial name because that malformation is one of their physical characteristics.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • Madam protested, but in vain; the low-cut, sleeveless corsage fitted closely to the lines of the lovely figure, and gleamed with pearl embroidered lace, while the front of the skirt was trimmed _en tablier_ with the same, and a profusion of rich point-lace fell on either side from the waist to the bottom of the skirt.

    Marion's Faith.

  • Then I hung the chain and key again on the neck of the lourdaud; I put some of the fallen coins in the men's pouches, but bestowed the dice and tablier in my wallet.

    A Monk of Fife

  • With that he lugged out his dice and fetched a tablier, but presently vowed that it was plain robbery, for I could keep no count of the game.

    A Monk of Fife


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