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 (săm′īt′, sā′mīt′)
A heavy silk fabric, often interwoven with gold or silver, worn in the Middle Ages.

[Middle English samit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Medieval Greek hexamiton, from Greek, neuter of hexamitos, of six threads : hexa-, hexa- + mitos, warp thread.]


(ˈsæmaɪt; ˈseɪ-)
(Textiles) a heavy fabric of silk, often woven with gold or silver threads, used in the Middle Ages for clothing
[C13: from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Greek hexamiton, from hexamitos having six threads, from hex six + mitos a thread]


(ˈsæm aɪt, ˈseɪ maɪt)

a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages.
[1300–50; < Old French < Medieval Latin examitium, samitium < Greek hexámiton, neuter of hexámitos having six threads]
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Noun1.samite - a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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We must pall the barge all its length in blackest samite. That old black shawl of your mother's will be just the thing, Diana."
In a very few moments it was necessary for Elaine to scramble to her feet, pick up her cloth of gold coverlet and pall of blackest samite and gaze blankly at a big crack in the bottom of her barge through which the water was literally pouring.
So they rode till they came to a lake, the which was a fair water and broad, and in the midst of the lake Arthur was ware of an arm clothed in white samite, that held a fair sword in that hand.
Then they gave her food and drink, and led her to a beautifully made bed of silk and samite, on which she lay down and slept soundly.
So Sir Bedivere told the King how truly this time he had cast away the sword, and how an arm "clothed in white samite, mystic, wonderful," had caught it and drawn it under the mere.
Samite sheeted and processioned where Her undinal vast belly moonward bends, Laughing the wrapt inflections of our love; Take this Sea, whose diapason knells On scrolls of silver snowy sentences, The sceptred terror of whose sessions rends As her demeanors motion well or ill, All but the pieties of lovers' hands.
Linda Gowans, on the other hand, identifies a previously overlooked source for the returned and brandished sword in "Morte d'Arthur" ("'Clothed in white samite, mystic, wonderful': A Famous Arthurian Image in Tennyson and His Predecessors," Arthuriana 26, no.
So he pretends not to notice it, and his grandson, awash in samite and rubies, tries to do the same.
Japan had safflower dye, which is featured prominently in these slippers, beginning in the third century C.E.; however, these slippers, she argues, were produced in "Chinese workshops" based on their satin samite weave structure.
Among those listed here, cheaper silks woven on a treadle loom included tabbies such as taffeta (Taft) and cendal (Zindel), plain samite (Stamete), and satin (Atlassene) (Monnas 2008, 297).
He runs a workshop of traditional Indian drawlooms in Varanasi, which weave samite, lampas and velvet textiles modelled on historical Indian, Iranian and Ottoman silks.