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  • proper noun trademark A polyester fabric, polyethylene terephthalate.


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  • There's another on the way – presumably to be called Terylene, though don't tell "natural mother" Lynnea.

    TV review: How to be a Good Mother with Sharon Horgan | Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport 2012

  • They are varied: radar, penicillin, jet engines, fibres such as Terylene, the discovery of the atomic nucleus, leading to the inauguration of the first operating atomic power station -- Calder Hall.

    Britain To-day—and Tomorrow 1958

  • Once upon a time I adopted "Terylene" as my "Kath and Kim" name and would do what I fancied was highly entertaining improv comedy whilst sipping - Stuff 2010

  • Death's carriage delivered us, in the end, to the public crematorium of the 1970's, with its Terylene curtains, cheesy music, elaborate floral tributes, and shuffling, embarrassed mourners.

    The Book of Common Prayer, part 4: In the midst of life 2010

  • Rifling through the Ashley Archive for something Eastery I came across this illustration from an ad. for ICI Terylene Fillings for duvets.

    Snuggle Down Peter Ashley 2008

  • "The complete nosy bastard's outfit," commented Frost, picturing the Masons, side by side each night, spying on the neighbours through the Terylene curtains, chomping away at their snacks and nudging each other when something tasty clicked into focus.

    Hard Frost Wingfield, R. D. 1995

  • An oblong name tab sat on each neat Terylene lapel, a confident smile hid the anxiety behind every face; they stretched from the substantial group outside into the deep cool gloom of the bar.

    Blood Sports Francis, Dick 1967

  • A land which has long been the home of one of the most traditional of all textile industries -- the manufacture of linen -- has over a period of a few years become one of the leading centres in Europe for the new synthetic fibres -- for Rayon and Nylon, Acrilan and Terylene, Polypropylene and Spandex.

    A Northern Ireland Point of View 1964

  • It disappeared silently over the side and the Terylene as silently slid down after it.

    When Eight Bells Toll MacLean, Alistair, 1922-1987 1966

  • Rather like Radio Location which became Radar, Terylene becomes Dacron; but it is British all the same.

    The Commonwealth and Britain's Economic Recovery 1954


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