paillasse definition

  • noun:
    • A thin mattress filled up with straw or sawdust.
    • An under sleep or mattress of straw.
    • An under bed or mattress of straw.
    • Originally, a straw sleep; in modern furniture, an under-mattress.
    • A garment trimmed, with plaited straw sewed on like galloon or passement: ladies' dresses had been so ornamented about 1785.
    • A buffoon whose outfit had been generally striped like ticking or material that the covering of a mattress is created, whence title: a character assumed by masqueraders.
    • A solid bed of masonry, when it comes to floor of an oven or furnace; by extension, any pedestal or base-block built of masonry if of significant dimensions.
    • mattress consisting of a thin pad filled up with straw or sawdust

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