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Coarse linen or other cloth stiffened with gum or paste, and used as interfacing and in bookbinding.
- ‘Stamps are slammed on the title page, label pockets gummed to the rear pastedown, dust wrappers discarded, covers vulcanised in plastic - or, in those days, a toffee-brown buckram tough enough to withstand acid.’
- ‘The device itself was simple enough, consisting of a buckram rim about eighteen inches in diameter, wrapped with 3,411 feet of cotton-covered copper wire, all in turn covered with tape, felt, and an imitation leather sleeve.’
- ‘They just don't make buckram like they used to.’
- ‘The Moroccan-leather-bound edition, limited to 50 numbered copies, is encased in a silver buckram drop-back solander box (£750 inclusive of delivery).’
- ‘New for 2003 is style 556, the Fahrenheit structured mid-profile brushed cotton 6-panel cap with soft buckram and a fabric back strap and brass buckle.’
Middle English (denoting a kind of fine linen or cotton cloth): from Old French boquerant, perhaps from Bukhara in central Asia.
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