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orphrey

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noun, or·phrey \ˈȯr-frē\

Definition of orphrey

plural orphreys

  1. 1 a :  elaborate embroidery b :  a piece of such embroidery

  2. 2 :  an ornamental border or band especially on an ecclesiastical vestment



Origin of orphrey

Middle English orfrey, from Anglo-French orfreis, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian — more at aureus


First Known Use: 13th century


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