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counterpane

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EtymologyEdit

Corrupted from counterpoint, from the employment of pane (a shaped figure in a coverlet).

NounEdit

counterpane (plural counterpanes)

  1. The topmost covering of a bed, often functioning as a blanket.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
      When he had got a light he saw that she had taken away all her things and the baby's .. and all the things on the washing-stand had been broken, a knife had been drawn cross-ways through the seats of the two chairs, the pillow had been slit open, there were large gashes in the sheets and the counterpane, the looking-glass appeared to have been broken with a hammer.
  2. A coverlet.

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