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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cor"du*roy`
  1. A sort of cotton velveteen, having the surface raised in ridges.
  2. pl.Trousers or breeches of corduroy.

Etymology: Prob. for F. corde du roi king's cord

verb Cor"du*roy`
To form of logs laid side by side.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
  2. A road made of logs laid crosswise
  3. Build (a road) from logs laid side by side

Origin uncertain. Probably from cord +‎ duroy (“name of a 17th century coarse fabric made in England”). Probably not from French *corde du roi (“cloth of the king”), which is unattested in French, where the term for the "cloth of the king" was velours côtelé. Possibly from cordesoy (“corde de soie”), or "rope of silk or silk-like fabric" in French), named for example in a 1756 advertisement for clothing fabrics; see Corduroy, and comparable in language form to the contemporary serg(e)dusoys (“silk serge”), see Serge (fabric).

  1. A heavy fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.

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Past life for Corduroy born Jul 31, 1945

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Austria approximately on 1550. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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