ruff

Part of speech: noun

A ruffle; a collar of projecting feathers around the neck, as of a bird.

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Usage examples "ruff":

  1. A very stiff, Spanish ruff reached almost to her chin, and was secured round her neck by a broad rose- colored ribbon. - "The Wandering Jew, Book VIII.", Eugene Sue.
  2. The prince then gave her his hand to help her to rise, for she was ready dressed in the most magnificent clothes, though he took care not to observe that they were cut on the pattern of those of his grandmother, and that she wore a ruff, which was not now in fashion, but she looked quite as beautiful as if her dress had been more modern. - "Bo-Peep Story Books", Anonymous.
  3. Then he began to tell how he had weathered the storm on the Berwickshire coast; but he was interrupted by another knock, followed by the entrance of a small, pale, spare man, with the lightest possible hair, very short, and almost invisible eyebrows; he had a round ruff round his neck, and a black, scholarly gown, belted round his waist with a girdle, in which he carried writing tools. - "Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland", Charlotte M. Yonge.