a snowy stock

Discussion in 'English Only' started by upgrader, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. upgrader Senior Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. In chapter 26, there is a paragraph as follows:
    The man approaching us was stout and prosperous-looking, with a snowy stock showing at the neck of a serviceable grey serge coat, its long tails covering all but an inch or two of his breeches.
    What does 'a snowy stock' mean? It should be about the clothing of the rider, is that right? Can you help me out? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    English - United States
    The WR dictionary includes this definition (#28):

    "a long usually white neckcloth wrapped around the neck, worn in the 18th century and as part of modern riding dress"
  3. JustKate

    JustKate Moderate Mod

    A stock, in this case, refers to a long piece of cloth knotted around the neck. It's definition #28 in the WordReference dictionary. By "snowy," the writer just means that it's spotlessly white.

    (Cross-posted with Florentia)
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  4. upgrader Senior Member

    Thank you, Florentia52 and JustKate, very much for your reference. I really appreciate it.

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