from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See challis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A red or otherwise colored cotton stuff or piece-goods of soft texture, made in India, and much worn by the poorer natives.
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At Astrakan, my cotton stuffs are to be bartered against sables, cloth and glass ware; and the Indian goods which I buy at Bassorah and send to Aleppo are to return to me in the shape of skull-caps and shalli stuffs.