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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.


buckram (usually uncountable, plural buckrams)

  1. A coarse cloth of linen or hemp, stiffened with size or glue, used 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.



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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buckram (plural buckrams)

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

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