Samite. A costly silk, frequently mentioned by old writers under the various titles of samittum, samitium, seyamitum, samilus, xamitum, or exametum. The name denoted the substance of the fabric. Silks in mediaeval times had various names, distinguishing either their quality, or their pattern, or whence they came. Holosericum was a stuff made entirely of silk; subsericum partly so. Exhamitum, or as old English documents so often call it, "samite," tells (from the Greek hex, 6) the number of threads composing the warp of the texture. Originally it was a heavy silk material, each thread of which was supposed to be twisted of six fibers. Later samite was applied to any rich, heavy silk material which had a satin-like gloss, and it is probable that before the term became obsolete it was used to signify satins generally. Sometimes during the 13th century, however, samite, having long been the epithet betokening all that was rich and good in silk, was forgotten, and other names and weaves usurped its place.