One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A condition of horses, in which there is swelling of the fleshy lining of the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth.
- ‘In the past, lampas was blamed for a whole variety of problems, from fussy feeding to bit evasion.’
Early 16th century: from French, probably via French dialect from the Germanic base of the verb lap.
A patterned drapery and upholstery fabric similar to brocade, made of silk, cotton, or rayon, originally imitating textiles from India and later imported from China, Iran, and France.
- ‘The French firm of Tassinari et Chatel used this fabric as a guide when reweaving the silk lampas and decorative borders in the original colors of blue, taupe, and cream.’
- ‘They display brocades, compound weaves, lampas, plain weaves, samite, tapestry and twill to provide a snapshot of the expansive weaving styles of Central Asia.’
- ‘Three matching French chairs of 1794-1799 in the downstairs bedroom needed their original silk lampas seats rewoven.’
Mid 19th century: from French lampas, lampasse, of unknown origin.
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