dowlas

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from Doullens, a town of Picardy, in France, formerly celebrated for this manufacture.

Noun[edit]

dowlas (countable and uncountable, plural dowlases)

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  1. (historical) A coarse linen cloth made in the north of England and in Scotland, later replaced by calico.
    • a. 1597, Shakespeare, William, Henry IV, Part 1, Act 3, Scene 3:
      Mistress Quickly: I bought you / a dozen of shirts to your back.
      Falstaff: Dowlas, filthy dowlas. I have given them away / to bakers' wives. They have made bolters of them.