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nankeen (countable and uncountable, plural nankeens)

  1. A type of cotton cloth originally from Nanking in China.
    • 1885, L. and A. Maude (translators), Leo Tolstoy, "What Men Live By", in What Men Live By and Other Tales
      He put on over his shirt his wife's wadded nankeen jacket, and over that he put his own cloth coat.
    • (Can we date this quote by unknown translator and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "A Christmas Tree and a Wedding"
      She was a poor widow, and her little boy, clad in a sorry-looking little nankeen jacket, looked thoroughly crushed and intimidated.

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