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 (fär′thĭn-gāl′, -thĭng-)
A support, such as a hoop, worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally from the waist, used by European women in the 1500s and 1600s.

[Alteration of obsolete verdynggale, from obsolete French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo, stick, shoot of a tree, from verde, green, from Latin viridis, from virēre, to be green.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a hoop or framework worn under skirts, esp in the Elizabethan period, to shape and spread them
[C16: from French verdugale, from Old Spanish verdugado, from verdugo rod]
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(ˈfɑr ðɪŋˌgeɪl)

a framework of hoops worn under a woman's skirt to expand it: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1545–55; earlier verdynggale < Middle French verdugale, alter. of Old Spanish verdugado, derivative of verdugo tree shoot, rod, derivative of verde green < Latin viridis]
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Noun1.farthingale - a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontallyfarthingale - a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
hoop - a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
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nReifrock m, → Krinoline f
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Well then let me tell them that if these nets, instead of being green cord, were made of the hardest diamonds, or stronger than that wherewith the jealous god of blacksmiths enmeshed Venus and Mars, I would break them as easily as if they were made of rushes or cotton threads." But just as he was about to press forward and break through all, suddenly from among some trees two shepherdesses of surpassing beauty presented themselves to his sight- or at least damsels dressed like shepherdesses, save that their jerkins and sayas were of fine brocade; that is to say, the sayas were rich farthingales of gold embroidered tabby.
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Over a bowl of white roses it stepped, that stood on the windowsill with dew-drops on their petals, and so into the room, touching with pale fingers the roof-beams; the milk-white figured hangings; the bottles on the white onyx table: angelica water, attar of roses, Brentheian unguent made from the honey of Hyperborean flowers; the jewels laid out beside them; the mirrors framed in filigree work of silver and white coral; gowns and farthingales of rich taffety and chamblet and cloth of silver that lay tumbled on chairs and on the deep white soft velvet carpet; all these it touched, so that they took form, but as yet no colour.
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