crape

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crape curl tightly "crimp hair"
    • v crape cover or drape with crape "crape the mirror"
    • n crape a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface
    • n crape small very thin pancake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crape krāp A thin, crimped stuff, made of raw silk gummed and twisted on the mill. Black crape is much used for mourning garments, also for the dress of some clergymen. "A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn."
    • v. t Crape To form into ringlets; to curl; to crimp; to friz; as, to crape the hair; to crape silk. "The hour for curling and craping the hair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crape A thin, semi-transparent stuff made of silk, finely crinkled or crisped, either irregularly or in long, nearly parallel ridges. It is made white, black, and also colored. The black has a peculiarly somber appearance, from its rough surface without gloss, and is hence considered especially appropriate for mourning dress. Japanese crape is in general of the character above described, but is often printed in bright colors, and is sometimes used for rich dresses.
    • n crape One dressed in mourning; a hired mourner; a mute.
    • crape To curl; form into ringlets; crimp, crinkle, or frizzle: as, to crape the hair.
    • crape To cover or drape with crape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crape krāp a thin silk fabric, tightly twisted, without removing the natural gum—usually dyed black, used for mournings
    • adj Crape made of crape
    • v.t Crape to clothe with crape: to frizzle (hair)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crêper, fr. L. crispare, to curl, crisp, fr. crispus,. See Crape (n.)

Usage

In literature:

All the Sparhawk portraits were covered with black crape, and the family pew was draped with black.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
I am this moment going to crape and dress.
"Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia, 1782" by Lucinda Lee Orr
The shades are dis-sorted, the spangles are scattered And for want of due care the crape has got tattered.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
The sight of it almost made her scream, for the face was partially covered by a crape mask, through which the eyes gleamed fiercely.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
One silk will be enough, and one of crape.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
I know very well that the dye has run out of these crapes, and my face is beautifully streaked with black!
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
England is today a country tied with crape.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
For me crape and permanent emancipation.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I have no crape about me.
"A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper Barrister-at-Law, of the Norfolk Circuit; as also, of his Father" by William Cooper
Again he had said to himself: she will be wearing crape as in the old times; I wonder why.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
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In poetry:

A was an elegant Ape
Who tied up his ears with red tape,
And wore a long veil
Half revealing his tail
Which was trimmed with jet bugles and crape.
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
Decay and silence sadly drape
The vigorous limbs of oldest trees,
The rotting leaves and rocks whose knees
Are shagged with moss, with misty crape.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
A cloud hangs over, strange of shape,
And, colored like the half-ripe grape,
Seems some uneven stain
On heaven's azure; thin as crape,
And blue as rain.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sundays all day in the door he sat,
A string of withered-up crape on his hat,
The crown half fallen against his head,
And half sewed in with a shoemaker's thread.
"Sandy Macleod" by Alice Cary
Tom, dressed in crape and hatband,
Of mourners was the chief;
In bitter self-upbraidings
Poor Edward showed his grief:
Tom hid his fat white countenance
In his pocket-handkerchief.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And so lugubrious folds of crape
Are crimped and twisted into shape
With graceful heads of yellow,
That give a winsome toning down
To sombre hat and sable gown--
In autumn tintings mellow.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Crape myrtle, flamboyant from late July through September.
Here, it seems, crape myrtle s are everywhere.
For years, crape myrtle s have been planted in McKinney roadway medians.
Q My crape myrtle s flowered very well and then stopped.
If crape myrtle s flower heavily, they will begin to make seed.
The winter months are the best time to prune crape myrtle s.
But the crape bed won't be lonesome.
Due to the rains these past few weeks, many gardeners are finding mold, or mildew , on hollies, crape myrtles and other shrubs and perennials.
Dan Gill's mailbox: Wheeler's pittosporum , crape myrtles and more.
My crape myrtles look superhealthy, and I was so happy that they did not get powdery mildew this year.
The sod under that 40-foot crape myrtle is dying.
Garden Q&A: Crape myrtles blooming beautifully .
Q I heavily fertilized my 8-year-old crape myrtles in February and they have bloomed better than ever.
A crape myrtle tree was planted at Sargeant Elementary School in Roseville on Wednesday to honor a little boy who lost his life to brain cancer.
What is the white powdery substance on my Crape Myrtle.
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