One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Braided cordage in flat, round, or square form, made from three to nine cords and used for making mats, lashings, etc.
- ‘Divide the cords of each group into 2 groups of 4 cords and tie 4 inches of Half knot sennit, each turn the opposite way.’
- ‘Hull planks of the ship were then lashed with sennit.’
- ‘By using the hot knife, you can cut the sennit on a angle that will fit into corners like a picture frame.’
- ‘Sometimes cracked wooden bowls were repaired with sennit, and it was used to lash together the parts for knee drums or to attach shark teeth to weapons.’
- ‘Gaskets made of French sennit are only used for topgallant and royal yards.’
Early 17th century: of unknown origin.
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