1. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.

2. Having the colour of the damask rose. "But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek." (Shak) Damask colour, a deep rose-colour like that of the damask rose. Damask plum, a small dark-coloured plum, generally called damson.

<botany> Damask rose, a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus. "Damask roses have not been known in England above one hundred years." Damask steel, or Damascus steel, steel of the kind originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines; especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great flexibility and tenacity.

(01 Mar 1998)

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