damask


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Damask \Dam"ask\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damasked; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Damasking.]
   To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to
   Damascus; particularly:
   (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk;
   (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar
       marking or "water," as metal. See Damaskeen.
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             Mingled metal damasked o'er with gold. --Dryde?.
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             On the soft, downy bank, damasked with flowers.
                                                  --Milton.
       Damaskeen
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Damask \Dam"ask\ (d[a^]m"ask), n. [From the city Damascus, L.
   Damascus, Gr. Damasko`s, Heb. Dammesq, Ar. Daemeshq; cf. Heb.
   d'meseq damask; cf. It. damasco, Sp. damasco, F. damas. Cf.
   Damascene, Damass['e].]
   1. Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of
      flowers and the like. "A bed of ancient damask." --W.
      Irving.
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   2. Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different
      directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
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   3. A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in
      the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture
      covering and hangings.
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   4. Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or
      "water" of such steel.
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   5. A deep pink or rose color. --Fairfax.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Damask \Dam"ask\, a.
   1. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus;
      resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
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   2. Having the color of the damask rose.
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            But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
            Feed on her damask cheek.             --Shak.
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   Damask color, a deep rose-color like that of the damask
      rose.

   Damask plum, a small dark-colored plum, generally called
      damson.

   Damask rose (Bot.), a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant
      variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus. "Damask
      roses have not been known in England above one hundred
      years." --Bacon.

   Damask steel, or Damascus steel, steel of the kind
      originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and
      its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines;
      especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; --
      formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great
      flexibility and tenacity.
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