sam·ite (sămīt′, sāmīt′)
A heavy silk fabric, often interwoven with gold or silver, worn in the Middle Ages.
[Middle English samit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Medieval Greek hexamiton, from Greek, neuter of hexamitos, of six threads : hexa-, hexa- + mitos, warp thread.]
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