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prunella

[proo-nel-uh] /pruˈnɛl ə/
noun
1.
a strong, lightweight worsted constructed in a twill weave, used in the manufacture of women's and children's apparel.
2.
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.
Also, prunelle, prunello
[proo-nel-oh] /pruˈnɛl oʊ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of prunella
1650-1660
1650-60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth
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Examples from the Web for prunella
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • There was yellow clay on the heels and a spattering of yellow clay on the prunella.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • prunella, I noticed, was of a much deeper purple there than at home.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • Does the prunella belong to the family of Labiat, like the bugle?

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • At the first glance, the Scutellaria has no resemblance to the prunella.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The latter character is not nearly so marked in the prunella as in the scutellaria.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for prunella

prunella1

/pruːˈnɛlə/
noun
1.
a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth

prunella2

/pruːˈnɛlə/
noun
1.
See selfheal
Word Origin
New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Braüne quinsy, which it was thought to cure
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Word Origin and History for prunella
n.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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