- To quilt or stuff with cotton padding, i.e. bombast; bombazine; hence our use of bombast for puffed up or stuffed speech. [< Lat. bombacem = cotton]
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Behourd — A tournament held on friendly, non destructive, terms in which participants wore padded garments of *bumbace, using lightweight weapons made of *baleen. It was intended as an exercise in skill, judged by scoring points. Tournaments were only… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
Fustian — Fabric made from a mix of flax and cotton; later, used of pompous, bombastic language or speech. Cf. Bumbace … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases