n. pl. dob·bies
1. A mechanical part in a loom that controls the harnesses so as to permit weaving of small geometric figures.
a. A small geometric figure woven into fabric.
b. A fabric with such figures.
[Perhaps from Dobbie, diminutive of Dob, alteration of Rob, nickname for Robert.]
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