Definitions starting with P

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plat, plait

/plat/ [Car.; Gul. idem (Davis 1914:245); from Brit, plait braid OED; US dial. South ADD) v. to braid, especially to braid or weave dried strips of palmetto leaves or coconut frond and other materials into useful articles: 1918 Him an' de chillun platted sacks all night (Parsons 26). (Gen.)

—n. 1, a braid, especially of dried strips of coconut frond or other material for STRAW-WORK: 1977 Only a few could really sew the plat into hats (Albury 21). (Gen.)

2. doing STRAW-WORK, or making useful articles out of dried strips of coconut frond or other material: 1977 Plait is not hard work (Shilling 41). (Long)

Tags: noun, straw work, verb

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Last update: 2010-11-20 14:54
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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