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

  • n. A fine cotton fabric, usually glazed, used especially for linings and in the bindings of books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine kind of French cotton goods, usually of one colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fine kind of cotton goods, usually of one color, and with a glossy surface, -- much use for linings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cotton cloth with a very glossy surface, usually dyed of a single color.

Etymologies

French, diminutive of percale, percale; see percale.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

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