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Janis, Jenis, Jeanes, n. Also: janys, -es, jannis, jeneis, -es, jeynes, jeanis. [OF. Jannes, F. Gênes Genoa. Cf. e.m.E. janes, jennes, geanes, also jane, jean, jene (1567), Genoese (fustian) cloth. Cf. also Gene(s), Geanis n.] (Cloth, chiefly taffety, of) Genoa.(a) 1530–1 Treas. Acc. V. 412.
For vj quartaris taffatis of Janys to draw the samyn hois
1542 Ib. VIII. 69.
Thre elnis purpure teffites of Janis
1598 Edinb. Test. XXI. 321.
Four elnes … of cullours of Janis taffetie at iiij li. the elne
(b) 1531 Treas. Acc. V. 432.
For … gray taffatis of Jeynes
1593 Edinb. Test. XXV. 191 b.
xij elneis blew Jeneis taffatie at l s. the elne
1612 Brechin Test. II. 252 b.
Tua elnis blak Jenis taiffitie
1614 1st Rep. Hist. MSS. 135.
For Jenes fustiane … 0. 3. 6
(c) 1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 293.
Half ane ell of Jeanes taffitie
1621 Ib. LI. 139 b.
xvj elnes blew Jeanes taffetie at iiij li. the elne

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