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farthingale


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Farthingale  \Far"thin*gale\,  n.  [OE.  vardingale,  fardingale,  fr 
  OF  vertugale  verdugade  F.  vertugade  vertugadin  from  Sp 
  verdugado  being  named  from  its  hoops,  fr  verdugo  a  young 
  shoot  of  tree,  fr  verde  green,  fr  L.  viridis.  See 
  {Verdant}.] 
  A  hoop  skirt  or  hoop  petticoat,  or  other  light,  elastic 
  material,  used  to  extend  the  petticoat. 
 
  We'll  revel  it  as  bravely  as  the  best,  .  .  .  With  ruffs 
  and  cuffs,  and  farthingales  and  things  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  farthingale 
  n  :  a  hoop  worn  beneath  a  skirt  to  extend  it  horizontally;  worn 
  by  European  women  in  the  16th  and  17th  centuries 




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