sel·vage also sel·vedge (sĕlvĭj)
a. The edge of a fabric, especially one that is woven or knit so that it will not fray, ravel, or curl.
b. An ornamental fringe at either end of an Oriental rug.
2. The edge plate of a lock that has a slot for a bolt.
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