prunella

[ proo-nel-uh ]
/ pruˈnɛl ə /

noun

a strong, lightweight worsted constructed in a twill weave, used in the manufacture of women's and children's apparel.
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.

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Also prunelle, pru·nel·lo [proo-nel-oh] /pruˈnɛl oʊ/.

Origin of prunella

1650–60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth
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British Dictionary definitions for prunella (1 of 2)

prunella1

prunelle (pruːˈnɛl) or prunello (pruːˈnɛləʊ)

/ (pruːˈnɛlə) /

noun

a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes

Word Origin for prunella

C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth

British Dictionary definitions for prunella (2 of 2)

prunella2
/ (pruːˈnɛlə) /

noun

Word Origin for prunella

New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Braüne quinsy, which it was thought to cure
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