dow·​las | \ ˈdau̇ləs \
plural -es

Definition of dowlas

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 : a cotton imitation of dowlas

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History and Etymology for dowlas

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

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“Dowlas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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