Dornick. A term now used for stout linen cloth, especially checkered table linen or damask having a simple diaper pattern; supposed to have derived its name from the pattern resembling the dornick, which is a small pebble or cobble-stone. Since 1552 the word has been spelled many ways, dornix, darnex, dornex, darnec darness, and many other varieties of arbitrary orthography. According to some writers the term is said to have been derived from the town of Dor-neck, in Scotland, where there was a large weaving industry established early in the 18th century.