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

  • noun One of a number of dots or round spots forming a pattern, as on cloth.
  • noun A pattern or fabric with such dots.

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  • noun Any of a number of uniform round dots, repeated to make a regular geometric pattern on a fabric

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  • noun design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots


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1871, US, named for polka dance, which was popular at the time (1840–1890). Numerous other products were named for the dance, but have not endured.


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