Definition of bombazine in English:

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bombazine

Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbəziːn/

noun

[mass noun]
A twilled dress fabric of worsted and silk or cotton, especially a black kind formerly used for mourning clothes.
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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