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1. A coarse cloth of linen or hemp, stiffened with size or glue, used in garments to keep them in the form intended, and for wrappers to cover merchandise.

buckram was formerly a very different material from that now known by the name. It was used for wearing apparel, etc.

2. (Science: botany) a plant. See ramson.

Origin: oe. Bokeram, bougeren, OF. Boqueran, f. Bougran, MHG. Buckeram, LL. Buchiranus, boquerannus, fr. MHG. Boc, g. Bock, goat (as being made of goats hair), or fr. F. Bouracan, by transposing the letter r. See buck, Barracan.