One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small pointed ornament or moulding forming one of a series radiating like petals from a raised centre, typical of Norman and Early English styles.
2mass noun A small check pattern with notched corners suggestive of a canine tooth, used in cloth for jackets and suits.
- ‘Close behind the red-jacketed men came stout ladies in dog-tooth hacking jackets.’
- ‘They wore bumster trousers in black-and-white dog-tooth, pirate shirts, white boots and gymslips.’
- ‘She squealed dramatically and grabbed the sleeve of Theo's dog-tooth jacket, her eyeballs seeming suddenly to bulge at the drama of it all.’
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