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 (pro͞o-nĕl′ə) also pru·nelle (-nĕl′)
A strong heavy fabric of worsted twill, used chiefly for shoe uppers, clerical robes, and academic gowns.

[Alteration of French prunelle, sloe, from Old French, diminutive of prune, prune; see prune1.]
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(pruːˈnɛlə) ,




(Textiles) a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes
[C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth]


(Plants) See selfheal
[New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Bräune quinsy, which it was thought to cure]
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(pruˈnɛl ə)

also pru•nelle



(-ˈnɛl oʊ)

1. a strong, lightweight worsted in a twill weave.
2. a satin-weave fabric of worsted.
[1650–60; perhaps identical with prunelle a French liqueur distilled from plums]
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Noun1.Prunella - small genus of perennial mostly Eurasian having terminal spikes of small purplish or white flowers
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Labiatae, family Lamiaceae, Labiatae, Lamiaceae, mint family - a large family of aromatic herbs and shrubs having flowers resembling the lips of a mouth and four-lobed ovaries yielding four one-seeded nutlets and including mint; thyme; sage; rosemary
heal all, Prunella vulgaris, self-heal - decumbent blue-flowered European perennial thought to possess healing properties; naturalized throughout North America
2.Prunella - type genus of the Prunellidae
bird genus - a genus of birds
accentor - small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
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References in classic literature ?
When Edna knocked at Mademoiselle Reisz's front room door and entered, she discovered that person standing beside the window, engaged in mending or patching an old prunella gaiter.
All over the wide fields of earth grows the prunella or self-heal.
'The rest' (as Pope says) 'is leather and prunella.' " He returned resignedly to his little Scotch air.
Those who saw them often asked how it was that a woman could keep her husband in good clothes, wear a Leghorn bonnet with flowers, embroidered muslin dresses, silk mantles, prunella boots, handsome fichus, a Chinese parasol, and drive home in a hackney-coach, and yet be virtuous; while Madame Colleville and other "ladies" of her kind could scarcely make ends meet, though they had double Madame Minard's means.
Great Canal Journeys: Asian Odyssey More4, 9pm The first of two final programmes, in which Prunella Scales and Timothy West explore Vietnam and Cambodia by canal barge.
Great Canal Journeys More4, 7.55pm Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel down the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, revisiting places from the early stages of their relationship and acting careers.
BIRTHDAYS: Prunella Scales, actress, 87; Kris Kristofferson, singer/ actor, 83; Esther Rantzen, TV presenter, 79; Meryl Streep, actress, 70; Lindsay Wagner, actress, 70; Alastair Stewart, newscaster, 67; Danny Baker, DJ and presenter, 62; Jimmy Somerville, singer, 58; Dan Brown, author, 55.
2005) 1932 Prunella Scales, British actress 1936 Kris Kristofferson, US actor 1940 Esther Rantzen, Brit TV host 1949 Alan Osmond, US singer 1949 Meryl Streep, US actress 1953 Cyndi Lauper, US singer, above 1957 Danny Baker, English writer 1960 Erin Brockovich, US legal clerk and environmental campaigner 1961 Bobby Gillespie, Scots rocker 1961 Jimmy Somerville, Scots rocker 1964 Tommy Cunningham, Scots rocker (Wet Wet Wet) 1964 Dan Brown, US author
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS TODAY: Prunella Scales, actress, 87; Kris Kristofferson, singer/actor, 83; Esther Rantzen, TV presenter, 79; Meryl Streep, actress, 70; Lindsay Wagner, actress, 70; Alastair Stewart, newscaster, 67; Danny Baker, DJ and presenter, 62; Jimmy Somerville, singer, 58; Dan Brown, author, 55.
aCOMEDY match made in TV heaven saw Prunella Scales and Richard Briers playing newlyweds George and Kate Starling in the swinging Sixties.
g ge d The Marriage Lines finished in 1966, but Richard and Prunella did not fly the nest.