buckram

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bukeram (fine linen), from Anglo-Norman bokeram, from Old French boquerant, bougherant (fine cloth), bougueran, probably ultimately from Bokhara.

Noun[edit]

buckram (usually uncountable, plural buckrams)

  1. 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.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scene 4,[1]
      Four rogues in buckram let drive at me—
    • 1882: Buckram was probably from the first a stiffened material employed for lining, often dyed. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 557.
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Verb[edit]

buckram (third-person singular simple present buckrams, present participle buckraming, simple past and past participle buckramed or buckrammed)

  1. (transitive) To stiffen with or as if with buckram.

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from earlier buckrams, from buck +‎ ramps, ramsh (wild garlic, ramson). Compare Danish ramsløg (ramson), Swedish ramslök (bear garlic, ramson).

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Noun[edit]

buckram (plural buckrams)

  1. A plant, Allium ursinum, also called ramson, wild garlic, or bear garlic.

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