selvage

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noun sel·vage \ˈsel-vij\
variants: or

selvedge

Definition of selvage

  1. 1a :  the edge on either side of a woven or flat-knitted fabric so finished as to prevent raveling; specifically :  a narrow border often of different or heavier threads than the fabric and sometimes in a different weaveb :  an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded

  2. 2 :  an outer or peripheral part :  border, edge

selvaged

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selvedged

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Origin and Etymology of selvage

Middle English selfegge, selvage, from self self + egge edge (after Middle Dutch selfegghe)


First Known Use: 15th century


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