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 Diapa’son.Diav’olo (Fra). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sort of cloth, a corruption of D’Ypres, where it is largely manufactured. Similarly we have calico from Calicut; nankeen from Nankin; worsted from Worsted, in Norfolk; and half a score other similar words. The French diapré, variegated, seems far more likely to be the source of this word, for diaper is cloth variegated with flowers, etc., like damask.   1

 Diapa’son.Diav’olo (Fra). 


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