Always the skeptic, Mallory raised a corner of the samite in order to make certain that he was not being cheated.
It's a word that always thrills me, "samite, mystic, wonderful."
Such stuff, when of great thickness and value—so thick that six threads of silk or hemp were in the warf—was called ‘samite.’
The palace was beautifully decorated with hangings of purple and samite.
samite and Sendal are the two generally named in our English romances.
samite was a silk material, of which no more is known than that it was very expensive, and had a glossy sheen, like satin.
And he informed the Monk of Cluny how he had lost his poniard and his scarf of blue samite.
Doucebelle, watching her with deep yet concealed interest, fancied she saw tears glistening on the samite.
Then he caused them to rest in fair beds, covered with cloth of samite, and they slept even to the morrow without stirring.
With that, he unfastened the samite over-cloak he wore, and took from his neck a string of priceless pearls.
type of rich silk cloth, c.1300, from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin samitum, examitum, from Medieval Greek hexamiton (source of Old Church Slavonic oksamitu, Russian aksamit "velvet"), noun use of neuter of Greek adjective hexamitos "six-threaded," from hex "six" (see six) + mitos "warp thread" (see mitre (n.)). The reason it was called this is variously explained. Obsolete c.1600; revived by Tennyson. German Sammet "velvet" is from French.