from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong upholstery fabric having alternating stripes of satin and moiré.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strong fabric consisting of stripes of silk and satin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stout silk having satin stripes, -- used for furniture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silk stuff used for upholstery, distinguished by alternate stripes of watered and satin surface, generally in different colors. It resembles tabbinet, but is superior to it.
Probably from tabby.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)