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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A carpet with stiff backing and a soft, colorful cut pile usually arranged in a complex pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A variety of Turkey carpet, woven by machine or, when more than 27 inches wide, on a hand loom, and consisting of strips of worsted chenille so colored as to produce a pattern on a stout jute backing. It has a fine soft pile. So called from Axminster, England, where it was formerly (1755 -- 1835) made.
  • A similar but cheaper machine-made carpet, resembling moquette in construction and appearance, but finer and of better material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A town in England.
  • noun A carpet made in Axminster imitating the Turkey carpet, noted for its thick and soft pile.

Etymologies

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

[After Axminster, a town of southwest England.]

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