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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.]


(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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.