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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 336 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PETTICOAT, an underskirt, as part of a woman's dress. Thi petticoat, i.e. " petty-coat " or small coat, was originally a shor garment for the upper part of the body worn under an outer dress; in the Promptorium parvulorum the Latin equivalent is tunicula. It was both a man's and a woman's garment, and war in the first case worn as a small coat under the doublet and by women apparently as a kind of chemise. It was however, early applied to the skirt worn by women hangin€ from the waist, whether as the principal lower garment or a: an underskirt. In the middle of the 17th century the wide breeches with heavy lace or embroidered ends worn by men were known as " petticoat breeches," a term alsc applied to the loose canvas or oilskin overalls worn by fishermen.
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JOHN PETTIE (1839-1893)

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