from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A protecting ruffle or frill, as of silk or lace, sewed close to the lower edge of a skirt on the inside.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strip of plaited muslin or lace placed inside of the bottom of women's dresses to protect them from the floor.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
-- like the _balayeuse_ at the bottom of a lady's dress; but, like the _balayeuse_, it is only meant to be a protection and