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DORNICK, n. Also dornock, -ic, and abbrev. form dorn. A species of diapered linen used for tablecloths, etc. Also attrib. Sc. 1705  Lord Seafield's Letters (S.H.S. 1915) 57:
Wee have been on the consideration of two prohibitorie laues on prohibiting the importation and wearing of forain museling, damask, dornick and holand.
Sc. c.1825  Fause Foodrage in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 89. B.v.:
He has drawn the curtains by — Their sheets was made of dorn.
Mry. 1708  in E. D. Dunbar Social Life (1st Series 1865) 210:
Two coarse dornick towels.
Fif. 1710  R. Sibbald Hist. Fif. and Knr. 120:
Hard by is Dunfermling, a royal burgh. . . . The Town has a Manufactory of Dornickcloath.
Fif. 1844  P. Chalmers Dunfermline 353:
It was named dornock or dornic. . . . The one kind was called tramped, because in it the pattern was produced wholly by the motion of the workman's feet on the treadles; and the other drawn, because the pattern was produced, not only by this motion, but also by that of the hand of a boy or girl, at the side of the loom, drawing cords from pulleys above it.
s.Sc. 1835–40  J. M. Wilson (ed.) Tales of the Borders V. 167:
I'll send yer wife a piece o' dornock, . . . as weel as a screed o' huckaback and harn.

[From Doornik (Tournai) in Flanders; applied to a linen cloth orig. manufactured there, hence extended to similar fabrics manufactured elsewhere. First appearance in O.Sc. 1490.]

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