1. wool refuse, shearing of cloth, old cloth torn to pieces, or the like, for upholstering furniture, stuffing mattresses, etc.
2. Also called flocking. Wool, cloth, etc., used for producing a velvet like pattern on wallpaper or cloth or for coating metal
1. to stuff with flock
2. to decorate or coat with flock
One Friday evening, I got sucked into the world of Lisa Robertson on QVC. She was on a Christmas special talking about all sorts of decorations. You should know that she is a hypnotic host. As she delicately drags a finger along a garland, her voice soothingly tells you it is the most beautiful garland she has ever seen. I’ve never bought anything off QVC but if I did, it would be because of Lisa Robertson. (Too bad she’s stepping down from her post.)
|A wee bit of flocking.|
And then the lights dimmed as she entered a winter wonderland of fake trees. After a glorious moment with Lisa Robertson (I have to write her full name for some reason) standing among the trees, the full lights came back on and a man joined her to discuss the trees for sale.
When her immaculate nail pointed to one of the trees in a tight close-up shot, Lisa Robertson mentioned the beautiful flocking. They talked about the flocked trees and kept cooing over the flocking.
It is rare when I can’t figure out a word from context. Lisa Robertson uses a variety of words to describe the products on her show but I had no idea what flocking was. A quick dictionary perusal, deeper than the normal definition of a flock, got me to the definitions above.
|Out of control flocking.|
The fake snow on the trees was the flocking she kept talking about.
The fake snow flocked the trees.
(Cue a good ten minutes when I tried out new curse words using flock or flocked or flocking with my mom who was watching Lisa Robertson with me.)
Turns out buying a flocked Christmas tree is very common. I’ve never encountered this word in a holiday or tree context – I buy fresh trees.