- a plain-weave or twill-weave cotton fabric with a long, fleecy nap usually on one side only, used for sportswear, undergarments, backings and linings, etc.
Origin of Canton flannel
1880–85; after Canton, China
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Examples from the Web for canton flannel
Have they any good Canton-flannel, suitable for a person of medium complexion?
On the large scale, the finer oils of this kind are often filtered through Canton-flannel bags.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
If a large cloth is used, put it on over the canton-flannel "silence cloth."The Expert Maid-Servant
Cristine Terhune Herrick
When setting the table, cover first with a canton-flannel or felt cloth, in order to prevent noise and protect the table.Public School Domestic Science
Mrs. J. Hoodless
- another name for cotton flannel
C19: named after Canton, China
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