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ruche

[roosh]
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noun
  1. a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress, as at the collar or sleeves.

Origin of ruche

1820–30; < French: literally, beehive < Gallo-Romance *rūsca bark, apparently < Gaulish; compare Welsh rhisg(l) bark, rind
Related formsruched, adjectiveruch·ing, noun
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  • Her office dress, slit at the bottom and displaying at this moment a neat ankle, was ruched about the neck and sleeves.

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British Dictionary definitions for ruched

ruche

rouche

noun
  1. a strip of pleated or frilled lawn, lace, etc, used to decorate blouses, dresses, etc, or worn around the neck like a small ruff as in the 16th century

Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: beehive, from Medieval Latin rūsca bark of a tree, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for ruched

ruche

n.

"frill," 1827, from French ruche, literally "beehive" (13c.), of Celtic origin (cf. Breton rusken), from Proto-Celtic *rusca "bark." Related: Ruched; ruching.

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