from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sturdy ribbed fabric of wool, cotton, or wool and cotton, often with an embossed finish, used for clothing and upholstery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thick woollen fabric, watered or with embossed figures, used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thick woolen fabric, watered or with embossed figures; -- used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabric of wool, or very often of cotton and wool, similar to tammy, commonly watered, but sometimes plain. It is used for petticoats, bathing-dresses, etc., and the heavier qualities for curtains.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy fabric of wool (or wool and cotton) used mostly in upholstery or for curtains
Possibly from moiré.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare mohair. (Wiktionary)