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Origin of napery

1350–1400; Middle English naprye < Middle French, equivalent to nape, variant of nappe tablecloth (see napkin) + -erie -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. rare household linen, esp table linen

Word Origin for napery

C14: from Old French naperie, from nape tablecloth, from Latin mappa. See napkin
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