One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of fabric resembling velvet, much used for garments and trimmings in the 16th and 17th centuries. Now historical.
Mid 16th century. Perhaps from Italian † mocaiardo haircloth, apparently earliest of camel or goat hair, with ending remodelled after -ado; or perhaps from mock + -ado; sense B. suggests that the word was early associated with mock. Florio glosses the Italian word as ‘the stuffe we call moccado’, although the identification may not be correct.
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