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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The natural and variable change in color that occurs in an Oriental rug over time when different dyes are used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variation in color (often applied to Oriental rugs).

Etymologies

Arabic, mottled, possibly of Persian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish abraş, from Arabic أبرش ('abraš, "dappled, mottled"). (Wiktionary)

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