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.
The frame was covered with a kind of cloth called "percaline."
For the women, a gray calico shirt and coarse petticoat of percaline with two coarse handkerchiefs
"I'm not, mother; only think" -- Nancy's eyes glistened -- "no more velveteen masquerading as velvet, no more bargain-counter shoes and gloves, no more percaline petticoats with silk flounces, no more