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candlewick

[kan-dl-wik] /ˈkæn dlˌwɪk/
noun
1.
the wick of a candle.
2.
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.
adjective
3.
(of a fabric) having small, short bunches of wicking tufted to form a design:
a candlewick bedspread of unbleached muslin.
Origin of candlewick
1000
before 1000; Middle English candelweke, Old English candelwēoc. See candle, wick1
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Examples from the Web for candlewick
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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

candlewick

/ˈkændəlˌwɪk/
noun
1.
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
2.
the wick of a candle
3.
(modifier) being or made of candlewick fabric
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