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

  Tatterdemalion \Tat`ter*de*mal"ion\, n. [Tatter + OF.
     desmaillier to break the meshes of, to tear: cf. OF. maillon
     long clothes, swadding clothes, F. maillot. See Tatter, and
     Mail armor.]
     A ragged fellow; a ragamuffin. --L'Estrange.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing; "a
             man in a tattered shirt"; "the tattered flag"; "tied up
             in tattered brown paper"; "a tattered barefoot boy"; "a
             tatterdemalion prince" [syn: tattered,
      2: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements";
         "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-
         down shack" [syn: bedraggled, broken-down, derelict,
         dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down]
      n 1: a dirty shabbily clothed urchin [syn: ragamuffin,

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