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Valance (noun)

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Válance. n.s. [from Valencia, whence the use of them came. Skinner.] The fringes or drapery hanging round the tester and stead of a bed.

            My house
Is richly furnished with plate and gold;
Valance of Venice, gold in needlework.
Shakespeare.

Thrust the valance of the bed, that it may be full in sight. Swift.

Sources: Skinner, Stephen (55) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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