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See pea coat.
[Probably Early Modern English pee, jacket of coarse cloth (from Middle Dutch pij, coarse woolen fabric, coarse woolen garment often worn by sailors, of unknown origin) + jacket.]
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pea jacket(ˈpiːˌkəʊt) or
(Nautical Terms) a sailor's short heavy double-breasted overcoat of navy wool
[C18: from Dutch pijjekker, from pij coat of coarse cloth + jekker jacket]
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1. a short, double-breasted coat of navy-blue wool, worn by seamen.
2. any jacket or short coat resembling this.Also called peacoat.
[1715–25, Amer.; pea, variant sp. of pay, pee, pie coat of coarse woolen cloth (late Middle English pee, pey, pie; akin to Dutch pij, dial. Frisian pey, dial. Swedish paje); perhaps modeled on Frisian (N Frisian) pijekkat]
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