mattress (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. materas (12c., Mod.Fr. matelas), from It. materasso and directly from M.L. matracium, borrowed in Sicily from Arabic al-matrah "the cushion" (Cf. Sp. almadraque "mattress," Prov. almatrac), lit. "the thing thrown down," from taraha "he threw (down)."

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