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From Middle English bukeram (“fine linen”), from Anglo-Norman bokeram, from Old French boquerant, bougherant (“fine cloth”), bougueran, probably ultimately from Bokhara, a city in southeastern Uzbekistan.
- A coarse cloth of cotton, linen or hemp, stiffened with size or glue, used in bookbinding to cover and protect the books, in garments to keep them in the form intended, and for wrappers to cover merchandise.
- 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 557:
- Buckram was probably from the first a stiffened material employed for lining, often dyed.
- A crab that has just molted; a papershell.
- (transitive) To stiffen with or as if with buckram.
buckram (plural buckrams)