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Farthingale

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Farthingale, or Fardingale, an article of ladies' attire worn in the days of Queen Elizabeth (I), and closely resembling the more recent crinoline. It was formed of circles of whalebone hoops, and protruded more at the waist than the Victorian crinoline.

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The New Gresham Encyclopedia, by Various
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