noun dow·las \ˈdau̇ləs\

Definition of dowlas



  1. 1 :  a coarse linen cloth used widely in the 16th and 17th centuries and manufactured originally in Brittany but later especially in northern England and Scotland

  2. 2 :  a cotton imitation of dowlas

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Origin and Etymology of dowlas

alteration (influenced by Daoulas) of Middle English douglas, by folk etymology (influence of name Douglas) from Daoulas, Brittany, France

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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