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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Stuff. Prunello really means that woollen stuff of which common ecclesiastical gowns used to be made; it was also employed for the uppers of women’s boots and shoes; everlasting. A corruption of Brignoles.   1
“Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
The rest is all but leather or prunello,”
Pope: Essay on Man, iv.



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