Definition of black-a-lyre in English:

black-a-lyre

(also black of lyre)

noun

historical
  • In medieval England: a type of black cloth from Lier in Brabant.

Origin

Late Middle English. From black + of + Lyre, the English name of a town in Brabant, now in northern Belgium (Middle Dutch Lier, Liere (Dutch Lier), Middle French Liere (French Lierre); compare post-classical Latin Lyra), where the cloth was originally made. The some forms show reduction of the preposition of in unstressed position.

Pronunciation

black-a-lyre

/ˈblakəlʌɪə/