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- a wood lining or paneling on the walls of a room; sometimes, specif., such a paneling on the lower part of the walls only
- the lower part of the walls of a room when having a finish different from the upper
- any applied finish, as tile, linoleum, etc., on a wall
- Brit. a fine imported oak used for interior paneling
Origin: Middle English waynescote from Middle Dutch wagenschot, wainscot, as if from wagen (see wain), but probably from base akin to Old Saxon weg, Old English wag, wall, origin, originally woven work (from Indo-European base an unverified form wei- from source withe) plush schot, a board, pale, probably from or akin to Frankish an unverified form skot-, a sprout: for Indo-European base see shoot
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- A facing or paneling, usually of wood, applied to the walls of a room.
- The lower part of an interior wall when finished in a material different from that of the upper part.
Origin: Middle English, from Middle Dutch waghenscot : perhaps waghen, wagen, wagon (from the quality of wood used for carriagework); see Wagon + scot, partition; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.