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Cote-hardie

I came across this in an anthology of bad verse, an extract from 'The Bride's Prelude' by D.G. Rossetti:

Against the haloed lattice-pains
The bridesmaid sunned her breast;
Then to the glass turned tall and free,
And braced and shifted daintily
Her loin-belt through her coat-hardie.

Can't you just picture it? According to the OED a cote-hardie or coat-hardy is 'a close-fitting garment with sleeves, formerly worn by both sexes'; apparently buttoned down the front and reaching to mid-thigh. Doubtless to be found in Pre-Raphaelite paintings of yearnful maidens.
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