from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine twilled fabric of silk and worsted or cotton, often dyed black and used for mourning clothes.
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- n. A fabric made from silk, wool or cotton dyed black
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A twilled fabric for dresses, of which the warp is silk, and the weft worsted. Black bombazine has been much used for mourning garments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Raw cotton.
- n. Originally, a stuff woven of silk and wool, made in England as early as the reign of Elizabeth; afterward, a stuff made of silk alone, but apparently always of one color, and inexpensive.
- n. In modern usage, a stuff of which the warp is silk and the weft worsted. An imitation of it is made of cotton and worsted.
- n. Also spelled bombazeen, bombasin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted
French bombasin, from Medieval Latin bambacīnum, cotton fabric, from bombax, bombac-, cotton, from Latin bombȳx, silk, silkworm, from Greek bombūx, silkworm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)