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also antimacassar, 1852, from anti- + macassar oil, proprietary name of a hair tonic advertised as imported from the district of Macassar on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The cloth was laid to protect chair and sofa fabric from people leaning their oily heads back against it.

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  • Marriage was something we gentlewomen tried to endure while we knitted an anti-macassar.

    Sugar Plum Reginald Bretnor
  • The anti-macassar of which we give a representation in the engraving is intended to fit the top of a library chair.

  • This, from its weight, serves to keep the anti-macassar from shifting, and is finished with a handsome fringe.

  • This anti-macassar is done in the fashionable style of netting, with a pattern darned on it after it is worked.

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