Dam"ask (?), n. [From the city Damascus, L. Damascus, Gr. , Heb. Dammesq, Ar. Daemeshq; cf. Heb. d'meseq damask; cf. It. damasco, Sp. damasco, F. damas. Cf. Damascene, Damasse.]


Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like.

"A bed of ancient damask."

W. Irving.


Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.


A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.


Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or "water" of such steel.


A deep pink or rose color.



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Dam"ask, a.


Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.


Having the color of the damask rose.

But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek. Shak.

Damask color, a deep rose-color like that of the damask rose. -- Damask plum, a small dark-colored plum, generally called damson. -- Damask rose Bot., a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus. "Damask roses have not been known in England above one hundred years." Bacon. -- Damask steel, or Damascus steel, steel of the kind originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines; especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; -- formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great flexibility and tenacity.


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Dam"ask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damasked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Damasking.]

To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or "water," as metal. See Damaskeen.

Mingled metal damasked o'er with gold. Dryde.

On the soft, downy bank, damasked with flowers. Milton.


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