plural -es
: 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
: a cotton imitation of dowlas

Word History


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 Jun. 2024.

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