woolsey

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woolsey (uncountable)

  1. A material made of cotton and wool.
    • 1841, Charles Lever, Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)[1]:
      Mickey was the best hurler in the barony, no mean performer on the violin, could dance the national bolero of "Tatter Jack Walsh" in a way that charmed more than one soft heart beneath a red woolsey bodice, and had, withal, the peculiar free-and-easy devil-may-care kind of off-hand Irish way that never deserted him in the midst of his wiliest and most subtle moments, giving to a very deep and cunning fellow all the apparent frankness and openness of a country lad.
    • 1880, R. D. Blackmore, Mary Anerley[2]:
      "But, please, sir, won't you let our Tommy out first?" cried Jerry, as the strong woman lapped up the two youngest in her woolsey apron and ran off with them.
    • 1887, R. D. Blackmore, Springhaven[3]:
      His mighty legs were spread at ease, his shoulders solid against a cask, his breast (like an elephant's back in width, and bearing a bright blue crown tattooed) shone out of the scarlet woolsey, whose plaits were filled with the golden shower of a curly beard, untouched with gray.
    • 1903, Jasper W. Rogers, Facts for the Kind-Hearted of England![4]:
      Pending this infliction (for I confess I suffered under sciatica as well as the easterly wind), I left home rather early one morning, muffled in two coats, a cloak, muffler, "bosom friend," worsted wrists, and woolsey gloves; and yet as I closed the door, I half repented that I had faced the blast.
    • 1921, Vicente Blasco Iba, The Torrent[5]:
      In "shops" that were set up in the morning and taken down at night, drygoods dealers were selling colored sashes, strips of cotton cloth and calico, and black woolsey, the eternal garb of every native of the Jucar valley.

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