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[bom-buh-zeen, bom-buh-zeen] /ˌbɒm bəˈzin, ˈbɒm bəˌzin/
a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.
Also, bombasine, bombazeen.
Origin of bombazine
1545-55; earlier bombasin < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombasinum, variant of bombȳcinum, noun use of neuter of Latin bombȳcinus silken < Greek bombȳ́kinos, equivalent to bombȳk-, stem of bómbȳx silkworm + -inos -ine1 Unabridged
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  • Here comes another with a sou'-wester and a bombazine cloak.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • bombazine, the silk and worsted stuff of which a lawyer's gown was made.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • I experienced the first symptom of this epidemic at a bombazine ball in the city of Norwich.

  • I think it was a white swiss or a blue organdie, or a challis, or a bombazine, I can't just exactly remember.

    Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg Howard R. Garis
  • Nearly asleep, she did not hear the soft rustle of Miss Judy's bombazine skirt as it slipped off in the darkness.

    Oldfield Nancy Huston Banks
  • This is likewise excellent for taking out spots from bombazine, bombazet, &c.

  • bombazine, that staple “mourning garb,” was the first result of the experiments made in silk and wool combined.

    Rambles in an Old City S. S. Madders
  • I looked about the house and found an old black, bombazine dress, which will do very well to alter for you.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • If the noontide glare has to be faced, bombazine bloomers will be found most refreshing.

British Dictionary definitions for bombazine


/ˌbɒmbəˈziːn; ˈbɒmbəˌziːn/
a twilled fabric, esp one with a silk warp and worsted weft, formerly worn dyed black for mourning
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bombasin, from Latin bombӯcinus silken, from bombyx silkworm, silk; see bombacaceous
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Word Origin and History for bombazine

(also bombasine, bambazine), 1550s, from French bombasin (14c.) "cotton cloth," from Medieval Latin bombacinium "silk texture," from Late Latin bombycinium, neuter of bombycinius "silken," from bombyx "silk, silkworm," from Greek bombyx. The post-classical transfer of the word from "silk" to "cotton" may reflect the perceived "silk-like" nature of the fabric, or a waning of familiarity with genuine silk in the European Dark Ages, but cf. bombast.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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