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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, a city in southeastern Uzbekistan.


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.
  2. A crab that has just molted; a papershell.


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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