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[kan-dl-wik] /ˈkæn dlˌwɪk/
the wick of a candle.
Also, candlewicking. Textiles.
  1. Also called candlewick yarn. loosely twisted yarn, usually of cotton, used for making candlewick fabric.
  2. the process of making candlewick fabric.
  3. the design made by this process.
(of a fabric) having small, short bunches of wicking tufted to form a design:
a candlewick bedspread of unbleached muslin.
Origin of candlewick
before 1000; Middle English candelweke, Old English candelwēoc. See candle, wick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I wished to study, but candlewick said to me: 'Why should you bother yourself by studying?

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • He then set out and went everywhere in search of candlewick.

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • Satisfy my curiosity, my dear candlewick: have you ever suffered from disease of the ears?

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • But it was not my fault; believe me, little Marmot, the fault was all candlewick's!

    Pinocchio C. Collodi
  • Cannon Street was originally called candlewick Street, from the candle-makers who lived there.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • I found a little maid crying in candlewick street—standing on one foot like a duck because she had lost her other shoe.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • William de Burgo gave two messuages to that church in candlewick street, 1317.

  • Walbrook ward beginneth at the west end of candlewick street ward.

  • They are first calked with candlewick, over which putty is used, but for a rough boat it is not even necessary to use any calking.

    Boat-Building and Boating

    Daniel Carter Beard
  • The stem is the wick, and as it is usually dark at the end, it is a very good imitation of a candlewick that is partially burnt.

British Dictionary definitions for candlewick


unbleached cotton or muslin into which loops of yarn are hooked and then cut to give a tufted pattern. It is used for bedspreads, dressing gowns, etc
the wick of a candle
(modifier) being or made of candlewick fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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