dobby

dobby
/dob"ee/, n., pl. dobbies.
1. Brit. Dial. a fatuous person; fool.
2. Textiles.
a. an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns.
b. Also called dobby weave. a small geometric or floral pattern produced by this attachment.
c. a fabric having such a pattern.
[1685-95; akin to dial. dovie stupid, imbecile, deriv. of dove to doze, dote, OE dofian, dobian; c. G toben to rage; cf. OE dobende decrepit]

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