Definition of bombazine in English:

bombazine

Line breaks: bom|ba¦zine
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbəziːn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A twilled dress fabric of worsted and silk or cotton, especially a black kind formerly used for mourning clothes.
    More example sentences
    • Confusingly, the original source of the word was the Greek bombux, ‘silkworm ‘, from which we also get bombazine.’
    • This visitor, dressed in a black bombazine gown and closely veiled, was a familiar sight on the streets of St. Louis, as she took the air daily in her light carriage.
    • Leaning against the steel railing that surrounded the stairwell stood four men, dressed in green bombazine jumpsuits.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting raw cotton): from French bombasin, from medieval Latin bombacinum, from bombycinum, neuter of bombycinus 'silken', based on Greek bombux 'silkworm'.

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