The German word for velvet is Samt . The German word (well, phrase) for corduroy is gerippter Samt . So says http://dict.leo.org/ . I am duly amused. (If you're wondering, I looked this word up because I got spam from arbeitsamt.de, and wondered what that meant. I'm pretty sure it meant "Arbeit samt" rather than "Arbeit Samt" though.) And now I will do actual work.