From Old French samit, from Medieval Latin samitum, examitum, from Byzantine Greek ἑξάμιτον (hexámiton), from ἕξ (héx, “six”) + μίτος (mítos, “thread”).
samite (countable and uncountable, plural samites)
- A material of rich silk, sometimes with gold threads, especially prized during the Middle Ages.
- 1903, Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
- And in the center of that lake there hath for some time been seen the appearance as of a women's arm--exceedingly beautiful and clad in white samite, and the hand of this arm holdeth a sword of such exceeding excellence and beauty that no eye hath ever beheld like.