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hessian 1

Syllabification: hes·sian
Pronunciation: /ˈheSHən/

noun

A strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute, used for sacks.
Example sentences
  • Garden rubbish is also collected in hessian sacks for a small charge.
  • These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.
  • Burnished gold wallpaper, hand-made from silk and hessian, lines the walls on which are hung oil portraits of distinguished grand masters, including one by Raeburn.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Hesse (see Hesse) + -ian.

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Hessian 2 Syllabification: Hes·sian
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛsɪən/
Pronunciation: /ˈheSHən/

adjective

Relating to or characteristic of the German state of Hesse: the Hessian nobility

noun

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A native or inhabitant of the German state of Hesse: a rising young Hessian

Words that rhyme with Hessian

halcyon • Capsian

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