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dust ruffle

a ruffle attached to the inside hem of a full-length petticoat or skirt to protect the bottom edge of the garment against dirt and wear, popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
a wide ruffle encircling the bottom perimeter of a bed and reaching to the floor, used decoratively or as protection against dust. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • See if you can plan a section of a dust ruffle for a petticoat.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The skirt was slightly trained, with a dust ruffle underneath, and the waist was made in surplice fashion, open at the throat.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed

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