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

  • n. A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp, used especially for bags or sacks. See Regional Note at gunnysack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coarse heavy fabric made of jute or hemp.
  • n. A gunny sack.
  • n. A gunnery sergeant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus Corchorus (C. olitorius and C. capsularis), of India. The fiber is also used in the manufacture of cordage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong coarse sackcloth manufactured chiefly in Bengal from jute, but to some extent also in Bombay and Madras from sunn-hemp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coarse jute fabric

Etymologies

Hindi goṇī, from Sanskrit, sack, probably feminine of Pali goṇa-, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi and Marathi. (Wiktionary)
A shortening of gunnery sergeant (Wiktionary)

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