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An apron, especially a large one made of sackcloth or other coarse material.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Jonah Barrington (d. 1834), judge and author. From Irish práiscín coarse apron, shoemaker's apron, rag, apparently from práisc dirt, mess (of uncertain origin) + -ín.
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