samite

noun
sa·​mite | \ ˈsa-ˌmīt How to pronounce samite (audio) , ˈsā- \

Definition of samite

: a rich medieval silk fabric interwoven with gold or silver

Examples of samite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Textile experts at the Anglo-Saxon Laboratory in York, England, identified several samples as silk samite, a luxury fabric produced in weavers’ workshops in Byzantium, North Africa, or southern Spain. National Geographic, "Pictures: An Elite Viking’s Prized Possessions," 24 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of samite

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for samite

Middle English samit, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin examitum, samitum, from Middle Greek hexamiton, from Greek, neuter of hexamitos of six threads, from hexa- + mitos thread of the warp

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“Samite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samite. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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