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Alençon lace

noun
1.
Also called point d'Alençon. a delicate needlepoint lace having a solid design outlined with twisted yarn on a background of hexagonal mesh.
2.
a machine reproduction of this lace, with a cordlike outline.
Origin of Alençon lace
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60
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British Dictionary definitions for alencon lace

Alençon lace

noun
1.
an elaborate lace worked on a hexagonal mesh and used as a border, or a machine-made copy of this
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