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a hoop skirt or hoop petticoat, or other light, elastic material, used to extend the petticoat. We'll revel it as bravely as the best, . . . With ruffs and cuffs, and farthingales and things. (Shak)

Origin: oe. Vardingale, fardingale, fr. OF. Vertugale, verdugade, f. Vertugade, vertugadin, from sp. Verdugado, being named from its hoops, fr. Verdugo a young shoot of tree, fr. Verde green, fr. L. Viridis. See verdant.

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