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

  • n. A fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, or synthetic fibers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabric made from silk and worsted; poplin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fine, corded dress-fabric for women's wear.


French, from Bengale, Bengal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bengaline, from its resemblance to a kind of fabric imported from Bengal. (Wiktionary)



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