bombazine

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bombasin, from Late Latin bombasinum, ultimately from bombyx (silk-worm).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɒmbəziːn/, /ˈbʌmbəziːn/

Noun[edit]

bombazine (plural bombazines)

  1. A fabric made from silk, wool, or cotton dyed black.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 144:
      I watched the animated widows in their bombazine dresses, capping each other's memories.

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

bombazine f (plural bombazines)

  1. corduroy (heavy fabric with vertical ribs)