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Definition: To be on the carpet
(k[aum]r"p[e^]t), n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of
cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita
rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L.
carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E.
1. A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also
of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering made
in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor,
as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally, also, a
wrought cover for tables.
Tables and beds covered with copes instead of
carpets and coverlets. --T. Fuller.
2. A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet.
“The grassy carpet of this plain.”
or Carpet bug
(Zo["o]l.), a small beetle
), which, in the larval state,
does great damage to carpets and other woolen goods; --
also called buffalo bug
(a) A knight who enjoys ease and security, or luxury, and
has not known the hardships of the field; a hero of
the drawing room; an effeminate person. --Shak.
(b) One made a knight, for some other than military
distinction or service.
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of an insect which feeds
on carpets and other woolen goods. There are several
kinds. Some are the larv[ae] of species of Tinea
); others of beetles, esp. Anthrenus
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian snake. See Diamond snake
, under Diamond
, an apparatus or device for sweeping
To be on the carpet
, to be under consideration; to be the
subject of deliberation; to be in sight; -- an expression
derived from the use of carpets as table cover.
. See under Brussels