from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft thin cloth woven from Chinese or Indian raw silk or an imitation thereof.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft unbleached silk, from China or India, from silkworms that feed on oak leaves
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabric of undyed silk from India and China.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soft, unbleached washing silk resembling the tasar silk of India, woven in China, chiefly in the province of Shantung, from cocoons of a wild silkworm (Attacus pernyi) which feeds on a scrub-oak. The finer kinds bleached, dyed or figured after importation, are known in the trade as China silks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft thin cloth woven from raw silk (or an imitation)
Chinese (Mandarin) běn zhī, homemade fabric : běn, root, original, one's own + zhī, to weave, spin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)