dowlas

noun

dow·​las
ˈdau̇ləs
plural -es
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Dowlas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dowlas. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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