from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, or synthetic fibers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fabric made from silk and worsted; poplin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine, corded dress-fabric for women's wear.
French, from Bengale, Bengal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bengaline, from its resemblance to a kind of fabric imported from Bengal. (Wiktionary)