forcet, forcetsShow more Also forcet, forcets, voerces, voerchits, voerschitz, voersits, voorchits, voorchitz, vorcet, vorcets, vorchitz, vorsect.
South African Dutch, DutchShow more Adaptation of South African Dutch voersis, voersies, from Dutch voeren to line + sits chintz.
obs. except in historical contexts
a.noncount.A printed cotton fabric imported during the 19th century and sold usually in ‘gown-pieces’ (dress-lengths).b.Plural unchanged, or voerchitzen.A length of this fabric. Also attributive.See also German print (German).
1846 inA.G. BainJrnls (1949) 201When drest up in my voersits pak, What hearts will then be undone, Should I but show my face or back, Among the beaux of London.
1851J.F. Churchill Diary. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS37) 13–17 MayBusiness pretty brisk at Maritzburg with the Overberg Traders...Today 17th cleared out of Blue Moleskins, White Calico & Voerchits.
[a1868J. AyliffJrnl of ‘Harry Hastings’ (1963) 82For this sum, Mr. Thomas took half hide pole leathers Rds. 13. a piece of gown stuff called by the Dutch ‘fusser’ for Rds. 8.]
1868J. ChapmanTrav.I. 10Orleans and alpaca cloths, voerschits, and other articles of clothing..generally meet the requirements of the market.
1896M.A. Carey-HobsonAt Home in Tvl 335He..had been doing a good business, both with Boers and English farmers — taking their farm produce..and supplying in return coffee, tea, sugar, and calicoes, moleskin for the men’s wear, and baftas and voerchitz (prints) for the women.
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