One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in singular An area of wooden panelling on the lower part of the walls of a room.
- ‘A pine staircase leads up to the bedrooms, the largest of which has a red deal floor as well as a timber wainscot.’
- ‘The dry rot has now entered the wainscot surrounding the lower part of the ground floor walls.’
- ‘Using historic photographs and sampling of paint layers, TLCD restored or reconstructed the original finishes, colors, and wainscot.’
- ‘The floor was laid in blue slate, the walls done in oak wainscot beneath swirled plaster painted a desert sand color.’
- ‘Old fir flooring, recovered from a demolished building, finds new life as wainscot in the Ecotrust Building, Portland, Oregon.’
- 1.1British historical mass noun Imported oak of fine quality, used mainly to make panelling.
2A drab yellowish to brown-coloured European moth.
Mythimna and other genera, family Noctuidae: several species
- ‘There are several Wainscot moths which can be quite tricky to identify in isolation.’
- ‘Several rare or scarce species have been identified, one of which, the Brown-veined Wainscot was a new species for the county.’
Line (a room or wall) with wooden panelling.‘the interior was to be wainscotted to a height of 4 feet’‘round the wainscotted walls ran narrow benches’
- ‘Italian marble wainscoted the walls to a height of five feet.’
- ‘For example, the broad wainscoted side hall terminates in a staircase that rises to a landing and then turns ninety degrees in a manner similar to that at Mulberry Hill.’
- ‘Add elegant age to modern bathrooms by wainscoting the lower third of the wall areas in tongue-and-groove timber slats or boards.’
- ‘His ‘untimely death’ occurred while he was away from his wainscoted offices on a periodic visit to a resort near the Matterhorn.’
- ‘She eyed at the grandfather clock, which would have been a wonderful corner piece had it been in a wainscoted library, but was grossly out of place in a bare living room decorated by light wood accents.’
Middle English: from Middle Low German wagenschot, apparently from wagen ‘wagon’ + schot, probably meaning ‘partition’. wainscot (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the early 19th century.
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