from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as bombazine.


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  • Mrs Pipchin almost laughs as the fly – van drives off, and she composes her black bombazeen skirts, and settles herself among the cushions of her easy chair.

    Dombey and Son

  • Florence had not the courage to go out, when she saw poor Susan in the hall, with Mrs Pipchin driving her forth, and Diogenes jumping about her, and terrifying Mrs Pipchin to the last degree by making snaps at her bombazeen skirts, and howling with anguish at the sound of her voice — for the good duenna was the dearest and most cherished aversion of his breast.

    Dombey and Son

  • ‘Why, hoity toity!’ cried the voice of Mrs Pipchin, as the black bombazeen garments of that fair Peruvian Miner swept into the room.

    Dombey and Son

  • ‘Hoity – toity!’ exclaimed Mrs Pipchin, shaking out her black bombazeen skirts, and plucking up all the ogress within her.

    Dombey and Son

  • She would make him move his chair to her side of the fire, instead of sitting opposite; and there he would remain in a nook between Mrs Pipchin and the fender, with all the light of his little face absorbed into the black bombazeen drapery, studying every line and wrinkle of her countenance, and peering at the hard grey eye, until Mrs Pipchin was sometimes fain to shut it, on pretence of dozing.

    Dombey and Son

  • The population of the parlour was immediately swept upstairs as on the wings of a whirlwind, and after much slamming of bedroom doors, and trampling overhead, and some knocking about of Master Bitherstone by Mrs Pipchin, as a relief to the perturbation of her spirits, the black bombazeen garments of the worthy old lady darkened the audience – chamber where Mr Dombey was contemplating the vacant arm – chair of his son and heir.

    Dombey and Son

  • The widow mourned her husband in the most becoming bombazeen she could muster, and had at least half an inch of lampblack round the immense visiting tickets which she left at the houses of the nobility and gentry her friends.

    Mens Wives

  • Peruvian mines had been the death of Mr. Pipchin; but his relict still wore black bombazeen, of such a lustreless, deep, dead, sombre shade, that gas itself couldn't light her up after dark, and her presence was a quencher to any number of candles.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • Las 'time I went to town one o' them plagued nuisances come hootin 'erlong an' made the old mare back us clean inter the ditch -- an 'I broke a dozen an' a ha'f of aigs right in the lap of my new bombazeen dress.

    Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies The Missing Pearl Necklace

  • She may wear muslin from Greenland's icy mountins, and bombazeen from Injy's coral strands, if she wants to; but I'm glad to state that that superior woman has peeled off all her furrin clothes and jumpt into fabrics of domestic manufactur.

    Artemus Ward


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