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sennit

or sennet

[sen-it] /ˈsɛn ɪt/
noun
1.
a flat, braided cordage, formed by plaiting strands of rope yarn or other fiber, used as small stuff aboard ships.
2.
braided straw or grass used in making hats.
Also, sinnet [sin-it] /ˈsɪn ɪt/ (Show IPA).
Origin of sennit
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; origin uncertain
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  • It had a door formed of thin poles lashed together with sennit.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • While I endeavour to do justice to principles, I wish to do no injustice to sennit.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • He had a private conversation with sennit, too; but the smile underwent no change.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • When all was ready, it appeared that sennit was to be our prize-master.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • "It's past eight o'clock," said sennit, when the selections were made.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • No--no--Miles; let this Mr. sennit go to England where he belongs.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • If Mr. sennit were living, I think he would do us the justice to say he was not forgotten.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • From that moment I gave myself no concern on the subject of sennit and his prize-crew.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nevertheless, unlike sennit, he was all vigilance and activity.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • The planks are fastened together with sennit; the pieces are of no regular size or shape.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
British Dictionary definitions for sennit

sennit

/ˈsɛnɪt/
noun
1.
a flat braided cordage used on ships
2.
plaited straw, grass, palm leaves, etc, as for making hats
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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