From French bengaline, from its resemblance to a kind of fabric imported from Bengal.
bengaline (plural bengalines)
- A fabric made from silk and worsted; poplin.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 415:
- Ruperta tonight was in a narrow black bengaline costume with a Medici collar and cuffs of bastard chinchilla.