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1Attributive Designating a type of white work embroidery associated with the Hardanger district of Norway, characterized by geometric patterns mainly worked in satin stitch. Also: designating a fabric, typically an evenweave cotton, used for or decorated with this embroidery.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From Hardanger, the name of a district in western Norway, where the violin and embroidery were originally made.
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