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 for Pillow sham
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sham \Sham\ (sh[a^]m), n. [Originally the same word as shame,
     hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]
     1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or
        device that deludes and disappoints; a make-believe;
        delusion; imposture; humbug. "A mere sham." --Bp.
        Stillingfleet.
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              Believe who will the solemn sham, not I. --Addison.
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     2. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
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     Pillow sham, a covering to be laid on a pillow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillow \Pil"low\, n. [OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus.]
     1. Anything used to support the head of a person when
        reposing; especially, a sack or case filled with feathers,
        down, hair, or other soft material.
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              [Resty sloth] finds the down pillow hard. --Shak.
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     2. (Mach.) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to
        equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block. [R.]
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     3. (Naut.) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
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     4. A kind of plain, coarse fustian.
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     Lace pillow, a cushion used in making hand-wrought lace.
  
     Pillow bier [OE. pilwebere; cf. LG. b["u]re a pillowcase],
        a pillowcase; pillow slip. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     Pillow block (Mach.), a block, or standard, for supporting
        a journal, as of a shaft. It is usually bolted to the
        frame or foundation of a machine, and is often furnished
        with journal boxes, and a movable cover, or cap, for
        tightening the bearings by means of bolts; -- called also
        pillar block, or plumber block.
  
     Pillow lace, handmade lace wrought with bobbins upon a lace
        pillow.
  
     Pillow of a plow, a crosspiece of wood which serves to
        raise or lower the beam.
  
     Pillow sham, an ornamental covering laid over a pillow when
        not in use.
  
     Pillow slip, a pillowcase.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pillow sham
      n 1: bed linen consisting of a decorative cover for a pillow

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