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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman orfrais, orfreis et al., Middle French orfrais, from Late Latin aurifrasium, aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, from Latin aurum Phrygium (gold embroidery), literally “Phrygian gold”.

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orphrey (plural orphreys)

  1. (obsolete) Any elaborate embroidery, especially made of gold thread. [14th-19th c.]
  2. (Christianity) An embroidered ornamental band or border on an ecclesiastical vestment, altar frontal, etc. [from 15th c.]
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      The orphreys were divided into panels representing scenes from the life of the Virgin, and the coronation of the Virgin was figured in coloured silks upon the hood.

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