wainscotings

[ weyn-skoh-ting, -skot-ing, -skuh-ting ]SEE DEFINITION OF wainscotings
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WAINSCOTINGS

The lady was very particular about the scouring of wainscotings and doors.

The damp in some rooms, and the rats in others, have almost destroyed the wainscotings.

If moldings and wash-boards or wainscotings are wiped off with a damp cloth, one fruitful source of dust will be avoided.

The wainscotings cracked under the pressure of people against them.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.

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