- a strong, lightweight worsted constructed in a twill weave, used in the manufacture of women's and children's apparel.
- a smooth-faced fabric made of mixed fibers or wool, formerly used in the manufacture of women's dresses and of robes for clerics, scholars, and lawyers.
Origin of prunella
Examples from the Web for prunella
All over the wide fields of earth grows the prunella or self-heal.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prunella is dyed either in piece or yarn state and is hand finished.Textiles
William H. Dooley
The simplest twills are the so-called "doeskin" and "prunella."Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
The prunella, or self-heal, in the grass here, was an old acquaintance.Excursions and Poems
Henry David Thoreau
"So that is why you have such a wonderful look on your face," said Princess Prunella.The Other Side of the Sun
prunelle (pruːˈnɛl) or prunello (pruːˈnɛləʊ)
- a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes
- See selfheal
Word Origin and History for prunella
stout textile used for men's robes and gowns, 1650s, from French prunelle, noun use of adjective meaning "plum-colored," from prunelle, diminutive of prune "plum" (see prune (n.)).