1) A strong, unbleached cloth made of hemp or flax, a hard-wearing material.

It was used as a lining, for screens, bed clothing and certain garments: 1359 et unum alium coverlet stragulatum et unum canevace, York

1380 unum matras melius et unum canevace, Durham

1395 It. pro xxvj ulnis canaby emptis pro pacclathis [pack cloths] xijs iijd, Whitby

1427 j canvas, j pilwer, j selour, Ripon

1531 my blak frees coit and a canvesse dublett, West Cottingwith.

dates 1359 1380 1395 1427 1531

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