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)



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