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

  • adjective Treated so as to be easily or quickly washed or rinsed clean and to require little or no ironing. Used of clothes and linens.

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  • adjective that requires no ironing after being washed and dried

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  • noun a fabric treated to be easily washable and to require no ironing
  • adjective treated so as to be easily or quickly washed and dried and requiring little or no ironing


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