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Canton flannel

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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • Have they any good Canton-flannel, suitable for a person of medium complexion?

    Punchinello Vol. 1, No. 21, August 20, 1870


  • On the large scale, the finer oils of this kind are often filtered through Canton-flannel bags.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for canton flannel

Canton flannel

  1. another name for cotton flannel

Word Origin

C19: named after Canton, China
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