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

  • n. A soft fabric of silk and cotton, silk and wool, or all wool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a soft fabric, made from various combinations of wool, silk and cotton, with a lightly ribbed surface

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft fabric with a kind of basket weave and a diapered pattern.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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