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 for Brussels lace
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lace \Lace\ (l[=a]s), n. [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet,
     fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice.
     Cf. Delight, Elicit, Lasso, Latchet.]
     1. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven;
        a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through
        eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding
        together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt,
        etc.
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              His hat hung at his back down by a lace. --Chaucer.
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              For striving more, the more in laces strong
              Himself he tied.                      --Spenser.
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     2. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a
        net. [Obs.] --Fairfax.
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              Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     3. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc.,
        often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of
        thread, much worn as an ornament of dress.
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              Our English dames are much given to the wearing of
              costly laces.                         --Bacon.
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     4. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage. [Old
        Slang] --Addison.
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     Alen[,c]on lace, a kind of point lace, entirely of
        needlework, first made at Alen[,c]on in France, in the
        17th century. It is very durable and of great beauty and
        cost.
  
     Bone lace, Brussels lace, etc. See under Bone,
        Brussels, etc.
  
     Gold lace, or Silver lace, lace having warp threads of
        silk, or silk and cotton, and a weft of silk threads
        covered with gold (or silver), or with gilt.
  
     Lace leather, thin, oil-tanned leather suitable for cutting
        into lacings for machine belts.
  
     Lace lizard (Zool.), a large, aquatic, Australian lizard
        ({Hydrosaurus giganteus), allied to the monitors.
  
     Lace paper, paper with an openwork design in imitation of
        lace.
  
     Lace piece (Shipbuilding), the main piece of timber which
        supports the beak or head projecting beyond the stem of a
        ship.
  
     Lace pillow, and Pillow lace. See under Pillow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brussels \Brussels\ prop. n. (Geography)
     The capital city of Belgium. Population (2000) = 949,070
     (metro). It has given its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of
     lace, etc.
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     Brussels carpet, a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn
        fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The
        worsted, which alone shows on the upper surface in drawn
        up in loops to form the pattern.
  
     Brussels ground, a name given to the handmade ground of
        real Brussels lace. It is very costly because of the
        extreme fineness of the threads.
  
     Brussels lace, an expensive kind of lace of several
        varieties, originally made in Brussels; as, Brussels
        point, Brussels ground, Brussels wire ground.
  
     Brussels net, an imitation of Brussels ground, made by
        machinery.
  
     Brussels point. See Point lace.
  
     Brussels sprouts (Bot.), a plant of the Cabbage family,
        which produces, in the axils of the upright stem, numerous
        small green heads, or "sprouts," each a cabbage in
        miniature, of one or two inches in diameter; the
        thousand-headed cabbage.
  
     Brussels wire ground, a ground for lace, made of silk, with
        meshes partly straight and partly arched.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Brussels lace
      n 1: fine lace with a raised or applique design

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