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Canton flannel

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noun
  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

    Various

  • 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

noun
  1. another name for cotton flannel

Word Origin

C19: named after Canton, China
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