cambric

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From Cambrai, a French commune where it was manufactured.

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cambric (countable and uncountable, plural cambrics)

  1. A finely-woven fabric made originally from linen but often now from cotton.
    • 1851 George Dodd, Charles Knight - Knight's Cyclopædia of the industry of all nations, 1851
      Scotch cambric, now largely manufactured, is a kind of imitation cambric, made from fine hard-twisted cotton.
    • 1954, C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, Collins, 1999, Chapter 14,
      His upper tunic was of white cambric, as fine as a handkerchief, so that the bright red tunic beneath it showed through.

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